Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Schools' anti-terrorism drills "realistic"?

Yet another sad story in the War and Peace-sized novel being written on the sad state of affairs in the public education system in this country. From New Joisey:
The scenario has played out in real life across America: Gunfire echoes through a school and students are held hostage.

But police, faculty and staff lived out their own make-believe version yesterday of just such a tragedy at Burlington Township High School, complete with Kevlar-clad officers, armed suspects and students portraying the wounded and dead.

The purpose of the drill was to test the reactions of police, faculty and administration.

“You perform as you practice,” Superintendent Chris Manno said prior to the exercise. “We need to practice under conditions as real as possible in order to evaluate our procedures and plans so that they're as effective as possible.”

"Practice under conditions as real as possible"? Makes sense. But if that's the intent, then why this?
Two Burlington Township police detectives portrayed the gunmen. Investigators described them as members of a right-wing fundamentalist group called the “New Crusaders” who don't believe in separation of church and state. The mock gunmen went to the school seeking justice because the daughter of one had been expelled for praying before class.

Wacked-out "Christian" nutbars fomenting terrorism, huh? I thought the aim was to "practice under conditions as real as possible"? We didn't see any self-detonating bandana-wearing camelhumping jihadists shrieking "Allahu Akbar." No, instead we saw the ever-present, always-dangerous, perennially violent...Christians. What a whitewash!

We've seen the same thing before in this country's schools:
"The exercise will simulate an attack by a fictitious radical group called Wackos Against Schools and Education who believe everyone should be homeschooled. Under the scenario, a bomb is placed on the bus and is detonated while the bus is traveling on Durham, causing the bus to land on its side and fill with smoke."

This is not a joke. A taxpayer-funded drill is using public school students to enforce anti-homeschooling bigotry under the guise of preparing for terrorism. Terrorism by whom? By Islamic jihadists who hijack planes and incinerate kids headed to Disneyworld. Islamic terrorists who take hundreds of children hostage in Beslan, force them to drink their own urine and shoot babies in the back. Islamic terrorists who groom toddlers as suicide bombers.

Our enemies are Islamic extremist murderers. Except if you happen to attend the Muskegon County, Mich., schools, where the menacing faces of terrorism belong to parents who make untold sacrifices to give their children the best education they know how by schooling them in the loving environment of their own homes....

I seem to recall the national teacher's unions telling us after 9/11 that we should go to great lengths to let our kids know that no group was responsible for the attacks. You know, so as to avoid any sweeping generalizations that could marginalize Muslims? However, when it comes to ticking off and marginalizing Christians and homeschoolers, knock yourselves out. After all, these linguine-spined educrats are certain that Christians aren't going to violently retaliate. The same cannot be said of the chronically-aggrieved Muslims.

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