On the 8th I posted an article on this tragic case where an
15 year old who streaked across his high schools football field committed
suicide after being threatened by the principal with criminal charges and a lifetime stigma as a
sex offender. Alabama
Today I found this Op/Ed and I just had to post it.
Op-Ed: Florida Governor's candidate speaks on bullying in Adamek suicide, October 11, 2013
By Justin King http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/360074
Adamek, 15, wasn’t a troubled youth with a massive criminal record. In fact, he was literally a Boy Scout. He played football and baseball. His mother, Angela Adamek, spoke to Christian’s friends at his memorial service on Wednesday.
“Remember to smile, don’t be afraid to do something goofy and remember the consequences of those actions, ask for help when you need it, ask for help if you think your friends need it if you don’t know what to do, be quirky, be happy, be smart,”
Adrian Wyllie, Libertarian candidate for Governor of Florida, spoke out about the “bullies” in this suicide today via his Facebook page.
Bullying can have very tragic consequences.
But, the "bullies" are not always fellow students. Often, they are the mindless bureaucrats in our government and schools.
Christian Adamek, 15, is dead as a result of government bullying.
Christian "streaked" naked across the field during a high school football game at
Sparkman High School
Most of us would view this as a funny, mildly offensive prank. We would
probably stifle a laugh and feign disapproval for the benefit of the students
in the stands. Alabama
What is the appropriate punishment in this case? Parents grounding him? Yes. A few days suspension from school? Sure.
Sadly, local authorities took a very different approach. Christian was arrested, jailed, and threatened with expulsion from school. They further threatened to charge him with a sex crime, and register him as a sex offender.
In short, authorities wanted to guarantee his life would never be the same. Rather than face these unnecessarily cruel and unusual punishments, Christian committed suicide.
This is the new normal: Excessive punishment for our children and a complete lack of common-sense judgment by administrators. Even the most minor offense is met with overwhelming punishment from schools and government. A child wearing the wrong T-shirt, pointing a finger with thumb raised, or simply running on the playground can result in expulsion and sometimes jail.
Stop the bullying.
We must act quickly to reverse the trend of federalization and zero tolerance policies in our local schools, and we must root out the mindless bureaucrats behind it. We must return the authority to parents, teachers and administrators to exercise common sense; a commodity that is rapidly disappearing as we move toward monolithic, one-size-fits-all government education.
As governor, I would fight to reverse Common Core, and to restore local control and common-sense to our public schools. Schools should strive to produce creative-thinking, well-rounded, and well-educated adults.
Unless we reverse the current trend, we will ensure that our children become nothing more than obedient automatons, conditioned to never question conventional wisdom or think outside the approved parameters.
That is not a world that I want my children to inherit.
A standard of American justice has always been that the punishment should fit the crime. The criminalization of almost every possible act and constant government supervision have led the nation to a point where punishments are not handed down by judges that can see the specifics of each case, but instead are handed down by legislative bodies intent on find a one size fits all approach to justice. The appropriate government response in the situation was a few days suspension, not branding the child for life with the stigma of the “sex offender” label.
Certainly, in the days ahead, government spokespeople will say that they had no intention of pursuing that route of prosecution. In this case, just threatening it was enough to end a child’s life; saving the government the civic responsibility of ruining it.