Fear 101

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  1. #1 Roadtripper
    February 27, 2009

    This is long overdue, and not because of gangs or firearms. Slovenly little fuckers oughta know how to dress themselves by that age.

    Rt

  2. #2 ppnl
    February 27, 2009

    Now that’s just goofy.

    My brothers kid was sent home once because if she raised her arms over her head and stretched it exposed her belly button. He said that one of the girls working in the office was bra-less and had enough cleavage that you could see her socks.

    And they didn’t even have a dress code.

  3. #3 Cthulhu
    February 27, 2009

    I’d love to see him try and walk with the shotgun down his pant leg.

  4. #4 Stephanie Z
    February 27, 2009

    And they think kids can’t hide weapons with a dress code? Well, maybe their kids are that dumb, but the ones they’ll piss off with the dress code aren’t.

  5. #5 Aaron Luchko
    February 27, 2009

    I can see the shirt tucking being a good idea if it’s a school that does have a specific problem with concealed weapons. If nothing else it means the weapon has to be stored in a slightly less convenient place, this could provide a second to second guess while they’re trying to pull it out or they might even decide not carry it on-person in the first place. However the video is obviously completely impractical as the kid couldn’t do anything but stand still with that many weapons.

  6. #6 catgirl
    February 27, 2009

    We should have dress codes not just for schools, but for all public places. People should always have to tuck in their shirts and remove bulky outerwear before going into a mall or grocery store, so they can’t sneak in any weapons. It would really solve a lot of problems if everyone in the country had to wear Star Trek uniforms all the time.

  7. #7 noel
    February 27, 2009

    Good one, catgirl, but Speedos and bikinis would be safer.

  8. #8 catgirl
    February 27, 2009

    Good point about the Speedos and bikinis. It has an added benefit of reducing air conditioning and laundry costs. So, Speedos in summer, Star Trek jumpsuits in winter.

  9. #9 cthulhu's minion
    February 27, 2009

    It shows my age and the fact that i went to a rural high school but during deer season it was pretty common for students to bring rifles and shotguns to school and leaving them in the office for safety (by that i mean so no one could break into the cars and steal them).

  10. #10 MarkusR
    February 27, 2009

    I vote for superhero outfits.

  11. #11 Mike Haubrich, FCD
    February 28, 2009

    I was going to suggest fishnet bodysuits because even plastic shivs can be concealed with speedos, but even then I am sure that otherwise peaceful kids would find a way to kill other kids.

    No, I think that we should all be required to be naked in all public indoor places.

  12. #12 Wayne Conrad
    March 2, 2009

    Fear sells. Always has, always will.

    It as pretty common for us kids, back in the day, to leave high school, drive out to the country, and go shooting. With the rifles and ammo we had kept in our cars, on school property while we were in class. Those were different times. We were less violent. We were also raised around arms and knew their safe handling.

  13. #13 Stephanie Z
    March 2, 2009

    Wayne, what’s your evidence that you were less violent?

  14. #14 Wayne Conrad
    March 2, 2009

    Stephanie, I’ve never been violent. I was thinking about whether schools are more violent, and whether we as a people are more violent. My fault for being vague. Have schools become more violent places? Columbine and Virginia Tech seem to be a modern phenomenon. I do not remember schools having these events as a child: I’ve come to associate them with “gun free zones,” whether fairly or not.

    You did make me go look at statistics, though–thanks. Looks like my perception that we as a people are more violent now may not match reality. A cursory look at the web (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crime_in_the_United_States) shows that overall violent crime has decreased greatly since 1980, when I graduated (but it does matter where you start measuring: If you start from 1961, when I was born, then violent crime is now greatly increased). I’d like to also know whether schools are safer places. Perception and reality having this way of not matching, that, too, probably holds surprises for me.

  15. #15 Stephanie Z
    March 2, 2009

    Wayne, there’s plenty of vague to go around. I meant “you” as a generation. :)

    I agree that big school shootings seem to be a fairly new phenonmenon, but I’m not sure that’s due to more than the attention they get. A kid feeling the need to lash out probably finds some appeal in the idea that people will pay attention.

    I suspect (but don’t have evidence at hand!) that part of the increase in violent crime from 1961 to the present is due to changing definitions of victims of crime. There were a number of acts that in 1961 weren’t broadly considered criminal, based on the idea either that the victim deserved it or that the crime was a private matter. That’s less true now. I can’t say how much of the difference that would account for either.

  16. #16 Greg Laden
    March 2, 2009

    I would like to point out the following possibly impotant items:

    big schools themselves are a new phenomenon. There were no big schools anywhere prior to about 1975, and most have been built in the last 25 years.

    there may have been a lull in certain kinds of crime during the 1960s and 70s (or some other recent period) which makes that crime look like a crime wave subsequently. But if you look over a century long period, violent crime has decreased by an order of magnitude.