Father Threatened with Loss of Custody Because Son Twirled Pencil in Class

If we allow ourselves to be treated this way, we will be treated this way.

As you may remember, back in April I posted about the student who, while twirling his pencil, was accused of making gun gestures with it in class by a hostile student. Here’s one of the newscasts.

According to Reason.com’s blog, the superintendent claimed he was never actually suspended, just kept out of class for two days for a proper psychological interrogation.

But the real scandal is far worse than the school’s overreaction. That was cleared up in a matter of days. A much worse bureaucracy began practicing terrorism on the boy and his family:

Ethan was back in class quickly, but too often these zero tolerance cases have second- and third-order effects. In Ethan’s case, long after they thought the incident was resolved, his dad received some very scary paperwork from the state of New Jersey threatening to revoke his custody rights:

Ethan’s father [Michael] received startling communication from New Jersey’s Department of Child Protection and Permanency and Department of Children and Families.

“I received a letter from them saying they had found an incident of abuse or neglect regarding Ethan because I refused to take him for psychological evaluation,” Michael said.

Panicked by the letter, Ethan’s parents took him in for the evaluation, where he was required to give blood and urine samples.

No troubling psychological conditions were found (unless they’ve recently added “being an annoying fidget” to the DSM) but now the Chaplin family will likely endure a period of uncertainty and perhaps even home visits from social workers with the power to take away Ethan at any time.

“Give us your child for examination or else”? “We demand your child’s bodily fluids or else”? What country is this?! Notice that the father has not been prosecuted for any crime and yet these penalties can be inflicted upon him without any right to a trial, to a jury, or to confront witnesses. This is the threat, essentially, of an extra-judicial kidnapping.

The American people have used their unprecedented prosperity to construct a Third World prison around them. Historians are never going to be able to explain how it happened.