- The shookking Orwellian rise of "School Resource Officers" and military recruiters.
- Part 1: Your school is becoming a police state.
- Part 2: Truth in Recruiting
- Stop Recruiting Kids Campaign | Protect Our Kids From Adult Risks
Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
Part 1: Your school is becoming a police state.
- The shocking, Orwellian rise of “school resource officers”
- When a cop attacks a student sitting peacefully in the classroom, we shouldn't be surprised. This is the new normal.
Daniel Denvir, Salon
Wednesday, Oct 28, 2015 | The video of a school police officer in Columbia, South Carolina, brutally flipping a student backward and then heaving her across the room is instructive because it is not an isolated incident.
Earlier this month, ten people were arrested during protests in Pawtucket, RI, following a videotaped incident of a school police officer aggressively taking down a student who did not appear to pose a threat. In August, the ACLU filed a federal lawsuit accusing a school police officer in Covington, KY, of shackling two children with ADHD. The children were only 8 and 9 years old. (A video of one incident is here). In March, the Houston Chronicle reported that “police officers in eight of the largest Houston-area school districts have used force on students and trespassers at least 1,300 times in the last four years.”
Daniel Denvir is a writer at Salon covering criminal justice, policing, education, inequality and politics.
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Part 2: Truth In Recruiting
- Stopping War Where it Begins
- Organizing Against Militarism In Our Schools
National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth (NNOMY)
Truth in Recruiting is the foundational principle that directs the work of multiple Counter-recruitment groups inside the United States of America and territories. It has the essential mission to inform students, parents, and school teachers of the disparities that exist in the information that military recruiters are presenting to American Youth about military service in our schools. Since the implementation of a voluntary military force, the need to develop a vigorous campaign by the Department of Defense has led to aggressive recruitment quotas and encouraged unethical tactics of appeal to capture and encourage the interest of youth to join into the military forces. Recruiters have compromised the telling of the real facts of what it means to serve in the military services and appealing to parents with overstated educational and career benefits and to young people with the promise of travel and a "life adventure" that masks the real risks to their physical and mental health as they move forward into their lives.
Top military recruitment facts
1. Recruiters lie. According the New York Times, nearly one of five United States Army recruiters was under investigation in 2004 for offenses varying from "threats and coercion to false promises that applicants would not be sent to Iraq." One veteran recruiter told a reporter for the Albany Times Union, "I've been recruiting for years, and I don't know one recruiter who wasn't dishonest about it. I did it myself."
National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth
(NNOMY) is a national networking body that brings together national, regional and local organizations to oppose the growing intrusion of the military in young people's lives.
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Stop Recruiting Kids Campaign | Protect Our Kids From Adult Risks, Stop Recruiting Kids Campaign
- "School-based military recruitment of adolescents is harmful."—American Public Health Association (APHA)
- "Military Service is associated with disproportionately poor health for
- those in late adolescence." --APHA
- "Adolescent development is insufficient to support wise choices that have lifelong implications."—APHA
- Opposing Junior ROTC