I just read this post from Cool Justice, entitled "Ruling You Would Expect In A Police State". (also see my previous blog post)
Parents have to wake up and realize how their authority is constantly being eroded and undermined by the schools and the state in general.
You cannot even provide education or healthcare to your child without the state butting in. If State or school officials don't agree with your decisions and choices on how to care for your child (barring intentional abuse) then you are slapped with all sorts of allegations of neglect, abuse and so on. CT Homeschooling parents have been dealing with this for a few years now as they battle with schools who are trying to create conditional withdrawal from public school. (For more on that read here and here)
Slowly the public school system is usurping the authority of parents over every aspect of a child’s life. In Loco Parentis is being broadened.
The assumption is no longer that you are doing your job as a parent. Instead you must prove that you are doing what the state feels is appropriate in raising your children, and the duties of raising your children are slowly being assumed by "the village".
I am surprised they have not ordered psychological tests on Avery Doninger's parents to see if they are "in need of services" or if the parents are fit parents (perhaps they have and I don't know), in order to discredit their authority all together.
I absolutely loved this piece from Avery's mom (now fast becoming a hero in my eyes):
"Punishment is up to me," said Doninger, who insisted that her daughter write a letter of apology. "This erodes the training ground for the democratic process, which must be that you have to distrust democracy occasionally in order to make it work. The embedded lesson of democracy at Lewis S. Mills is hollow. Theirs is an overreaching power to orchestrate.It is appalling the lengths these schools go to and I wonder most of all what makes them think that they have the power that they believe they have in the first place.
The school assumed a parent's right to discipline it doesn't have, she said. In one of several interviews given in the wake of Friday's preliminary ruling at U.S. District Court in New Haven, Doninger was praised by a radio commentator as the mother who told her daughter "you're grounded, and we're going to federal court to file a civil suit.""
For this school to be so bold as to dictate what a child does or says off of school grounds in her own home and even on the Internet is beyond me. This case is yet another example of abuse of authority by the public schools.
ALL parents better start waking up to the measure of control being exerted over their families by the schools and by the State as this case proceeds... and they better also be taking a very close look at the court system that is allowing it.
We've got some serious problems in the realm of civil liberties going on in this country, and I don't care if you are a Republican, Democrat or anything in between.. we are in serious trouble here if judges are making these kinds of rulings.
And just so you know, the Doningers are appealing this crazy ruling. Schools have unlimited resources for legal fees, and families do not, and that is precisely what the school litigation teams and school administrators bank on. You know what really is incredible? They are using YOUR tax money to eliminate our rights.
Update: Great post over at Apollos Academy