A Typical Example of the total Failure of
our Laws and Constitution:
While it's hard to believe, this is a
true story. The story was published in our local newspaper
on November 5, 1998 and concerns the sentencing of an
offender. The headline read:
Teen who hit teacher given
45 days in jail
45 days!! Does that seem like a
fair sentence for "beating a teacher unconscious"?
Well for some strange reason our twisted laws allowed this
to happen. While the sentence was clearly far too lenient
for a violent crime, that's not the total story.
Prior to this assault, the 17 year old had 31 suspensions!
These suspensions included assaults, threats,
inappropriate contact, obscene language, throwing a pen at a
teacher, and spitting on a teacher.
So what needs to be fixed? Well ... just about
everything! So much needs repair, that we
are better off starting from scratch with a new Constitution and
body of laws.
No one denies that the laws, which allowed a 45 day
sentence, are a mess, but you ask, why the
state Constitution? Well, it's our state
Constitution which allowed this "urban savage" to
remain in school in the first place. Remember 31
suspensions! Our Constitution proclaims that everyone
has a right to an education. And so it should! It
should also require that students demonstrate they are
interested in getting an education. That is, there must be
some social responsibility.
This individual had no interest in getting an education. He
was there to entertain and to be entertained. The pity is,
while he was there entertaining himself, he was robbing the
children, who wanted to learn, of an education. This can no
longer be tolerated! If we are to compete in a high tech
manufacturing oriented world, we must have an educated
population. Our children already have shorter hours and a
shorter school year than our competitors. Must we also
allow them and their teachers to be distracted by individuals
with no interest in learning?
The time has come for us to discard the things that no longer
serve our interests. The New York Constitution is a prime
example. Together we could draft a new constitution that
balances individual rights with indivdual responsibility.
That elevates the rights of victims over the rights of criminals.
And maybe, just maybe, if we do all these things,
we'll once again be in a position to compete and prosper!