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1957 vs. 2007
by Karen Palumbo   
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
Last edited: Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Posted: Wednesday, September 03, 2008

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This article was emailed to me from my brother. Though I am unaware of who wrote it I still thought it was worth sharing. See what you get out of this...


  *Jack goes quail hunting before school, pulls into a school parking lot with shotgun in rack.

^Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack's shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack.

^School goes into lock down, FBI called. Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for tramatized students and teachers.

  *Johnny and Mark get into a fistfight after school.

^Crowd gathers, Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.

^Police called, SWAT team arrives, arrests Johnny and Mark. Charge them with assault, both expelled even though Johnny started it.

   *Jeffrey won't be still in class, disrupts other students.

^Jeffrey sent to office and given a good paddling by the Principal. Returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.

^Jeffrey given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. Tested for ADD. School gets extra money from state because Jeffrey has a disability.

   *Billy breaks a window in his neighbor's car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt.

^Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college and becomes a successful businessman.

^Billy's dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy removed to foster care and joins a gang. State psychologist tells Billy's sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison. Billy's mom has affair with psychologist.

   *Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.

^Mark shares aspirin with Principal out on the smoking dock.

^Police called, Mark expelled from school for drug violations. Car searched for drugs and weapons.

   *Pedro fails high school English.

^Pedro goes to summer school, passes English, goes to college.

^Pedro's cause is taken up by state. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against state school system an Pedro's English teacher. English banned from core curriculum. Pedro given diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.

   *Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from 4th of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle, blows up a red ant bed.

^Ants die.

^BATF, Homeland Security, FBI called. Johnny charged with domestic terrorism. FBI investigates parents, siblings removed from home, computers confiscated. Johnny's Dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.

   *Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him.

^In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.

^Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces three years in State Prison. Johnny under goes five years of therapy.




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Reviewed by Janna Hill 8/24/2011
I'm not quiet old enough to recall 1957 but I can relate to the same in `67. Sad how we let it creep in on us.
Reviewed by John Domino 1/8/2010
Dear Karen, I just watched a movie from 1957. Yes, there were crooks and dishonest people back then. The difference is people WORKED through their problems and did not rely so much on lawyers and pills. It was tougher in the short run but a better way long term.
Reviewed by Joyce McDonald Hoskins 5/4/2009
This is so true, Karen,

Even in the 1970s when I was a preschool teacher I never had to call a parent, expel a student, or send a student to the office. The kids were fun, rowdy, and at times a handful. I never suggested they be medicated, and I didn’t greet the parents with behavior complaints. I thought it was more important to tell the parents a cute story, or brag on their child than to relay a minor discipline problem.

I wouldn’t do it for all the money in the world today.

Reviewed by Alan Cook 3/16/2009
You've hit a nerve, Karen. Guess who pays for all the police and government activity and all the people behind bars. The U.S. has the highest incareration rate of any country in the world! Arresting 4th graders for disrupting classes is idiotic. My retired policeman friend said they used to wink at the local bookie who had his office in a retail shop. Now they'd probably close the place down. I just hope my grandsons are allowed to grow up.
Keep writing.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Price 9/25/2008
How did it all get so crazy? excellent. Liz
Reviewed by Charlie 9/9/2008
Out of the happy, Leave-it-to-Beaver past, and into the slammer. Gotta love it...? We do live in a demented society! --Charlie
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 9/5/2008
Thanks for sharing this! It definitely drives the reality home. Love and Hugs,
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 9/4/2008
I Love It --The TRUTH...

My Friend MySpace.Com Says:

Wake Up People You Are Living In Facist Police State-Brillant-Huh!

Reviewed by Keith Rowley 9/4/2008
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Reviewed by m j hollingshead 9/4/2008
well said
Reviewed by Rebecca McKeehan 9/4/2008
Thought provoking. Rebecca
Reviewed by Stan Grimes 9/3/2008
Kind of a sad scenario isn't it? What the heck has happened?
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