Free Thought Project
March 9, 2015
The officers weren’t there to raid the school or arrest anyone, but they certainly looked like they were going to so. The SWAT officers were all carrying high-powered weapons and wearing paramilitary gear as if they were about to raid a terrorist organization.
The police proudly bragged about the event on their Facebook page, posting a number of pictures with fully-clad SWAT members standing on a stage in front of small children.
The police say that they were there to “educate” the children, but were these theatrics truly necessary for a career day at an elementary school?
One of the comments on the facebook post by Arlington police summed up the entire premise of such a display:
“Showing up to schools with assault rifles and riot gear. This is very telling of what a police state looks like. Indoctrinating kids and normalizing them to this police state garbage. Good job, Arlington PD.” says Chris Voluntaryist.
Some parents were concerned about the safety of their children, considering the fact that police don’t have a very good reputation with weapons. Even when it comes to simple demonstrations there have been a number of cases where police have accidentally fired weapons, in some circumstances injuring themselves and others.
This specific SWAT team does not have that great of a track record either. Back in 2013 they staged a botched drug raid where they raided an organic farm under the impression that they were growing marijuana.
The raid turned up empty handed and made international headlines as a humorous example of government paranoia and drug war oppression. Instead of drugs the SWAT team discovered a wide variety of herbs, fruits and vegetables that were being grown for private consumption.
Teachers at Webb Elementary will likely never be allowed to tell their students the story about the botched raid on that organic farm where people’s rights were violated, property was destroyed, and blueberries confiscated.
These types of lessons are not allowed in public schools because the schools are tied to the very same institution that the police are, the government. This is why in so many ways, public schools train children to accept, respect, and obey the police state. This point is made blatantly obvious when a gang of government thugs is walking through an elementary school with body armor and M4’s strapped across their chests.
This article was posted: Monday, March 9, 2015 at 9:15 am
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