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School Days and Grenade Launchers


School Days and Grenade Launchers

Robert C. Koehler

Come on, they aren’t tanks, they’re armored rescue vehicles. And the, uh, grenade launchers would only be used to launch teargas canisters. When necessary. And the M-16s? Standard police issue.

What a journey these Los Angeles teenagers, and the civil rights group Fight for the Soul of the Cities, had, to get from there — the ho-hum justification by (good Lord) the city’s school district police force, for the accumulation of surplus Defense Department weaponry — to here:


Nazi Germany--and any "successful" military state--always militarizes its schools, uses fear and intimidation campaigns, and glorifies soldiers.

Thanks to L.A.'s principled students, the U.S.'s morphing into the Fourth Reich just hit a bulwark:

"And proof eventually came, and so did Steve Zimmer’s remarkable acknowledgment that militarizing the school police force had been a mistake, wrecking that invisible and crucial quality called trust — wrecking the school system’s relationship with the communities it served."

Thanks for pointing this out, Mr. Koehler:

"The apology was an acknowledgement — oh, so painfully rare in 21st century America — that real order isn’t a matter of armed domination. It was an acknowledgment that education requires trust and trust is annihilated by the appearance of a military dictatorship."

Too often what passes for foreign aid is little more than the supply of weaponry. In other words, so-called aid just fattens the coffers of U.S. weapons' developers and makers.

From the article:

"Apparently the only assistance coming from the national government is military. There is zero peace consciousness at this level, zero guidance except to prepare for war."

Mars Rules.


"[G]enuine anguish", my ass.

Mad props to the folks for hanging tough, but the city and county cops have all the toys of war they need (read "want"), so why not score some PR points with a "sincere" show of disarming?

"Apology" excepted.


Not near enough. First step, civilian oversight of all policing. Second step, equal funding for all schools and schools run by democratic governance of the communities they serve.