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Race Wars, Child Abuse, and Discipline: Ben Fields Story and Aftermath

Updated on April 9, 2016
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A few months ago, a viral story of a student who was forcibly removed from her seat by an officer surfaced. The country seemed to be hugely divided on the issue. Half of the world thought the officer was in the right, and the other half condemned his behavior. Because the child happened to be black, and the officer white, this became more of a racial issue.

Let me address this.

I was in support of the officer in some respect. No, I do not condone child abuse, but I do condone discipline. No, I do not condone the way he dragged her across the floor. Perhaps his firing was justified in that instant. The kids at the school did say that he kept them in line. However, kids today are in bad need of some sort of discipline. What blew out of proportion was that the race card had been played. However, had the girl been white and the officer black, I would still be in support of stronger discipline. Here is why.

I know many teachers today, and they are unanimous in one thing: kids, especially those in middle and high school, are out of control. I saw a video on Facebook recently where a young black kid was really beating up on a white police officer--The kid kept yelling at the adult, and the adult just had to stand there, with his fists clenched, holding back. The kid was on top of him at one point in the hall, but the guy didn't defend himself, because if he had, he would have been on the six o'clock news, fired the next day, and many would be screaming racism and police brutality against a kid. So when a sixteen year old comes out you with a knife, just stand there and take it if you can't get away, because he's just a child. It's going to get to the point where some thug is going to break into your house in the middle of the night, and when you call the police, they are not going to be able to do anything, because they're no longer going to be allowed to touch the guy or use any weapons. All they will be able to do is yell at him or tell him he's under arrest, but if the guy wants to, he'll walk away free. And that's if there is any police to call in the future. Many won't want to go into the profession, will leave out of powerlessness and frustration, or be fired for doing what they were trained to do. People will be free to do whatever they want.

I'm not trying to make this a race issue, but what I see is that the Media seems to be creating a race war. Writer and antagonist Shaun King helped a bit in bringing this guy down because the girl was black. I wonder if he would have cared if it were an Asian girl or a Latina, or a white girl who got "attacked?" He writes, "Peaceful student who was just doing her math work was attacked by officer for no reason," like the guy just came in and randomly picked someone to abuse. Peaceful student my ass! Teachers do not call the office to fuss over peaceful students. In fact, any teacher may tell you that he or she does not want to call the office at all. Calling the office and having to deal with a disruptive student is an inconvenience, and one most would like to avoid. Teachers want to deal with the behavior themselves. But if it is absolutely necessary, the administration has to get involved. At the end of the day, this makes the teacher look less favorable in the administrator's eyes, because administrators don't want to have to go into class to take a student, and will think that the teacher can't handle his or her class. Calling parents just adds to one more thing an already busy teacher has to do. Side note: The fact that many students staged a walk-out in protest of the officer being fired tells me that they probably knew this girl was a known trouble-maker.

Many are saying that the parents should have been called when the student refused to leave. They don't understand the reality of teaching nowadays. Most parents would have not done anything, or even better yet, argued with the teacher or administrator in favor of their child. If you think about it, it does seem petty that a parent would have to be called over a cell phone, or refusal to leave the class. But the facts are that the child was asked to leave the room and told the teacher no. The administrator asked the child to leave and was told no. At this point, something had to be done. They could have left the student in there and carried on with the lesson, but then the rest of the class would have learned that they don't have to listen to those in authority either. Then the next day, when the teacher comes in, half the class will be on their cell phones and telling the teacher no. The teacher won't be able to get anything done, and the blame will be on him or her. You can't handle a class, critics will say. Your lessons weren't engaging enough, other would chime in. But the thing is that parents today do not want to discipline their children. They don't want to be bothered. And those that do, can't spank or hit, because they'll be reported to child services for child abuse. Now the police are being attacked for doing their job. I hate to say this, but white policemen are being attacked for doing their jobs. I am pretty sure that black men get killed by black cops all of the time, but lately we only hear about those killed by white ones. Another side-note: Days later, people began saying that the girl apparently suffered a broken arm and back injuries. If that is so, why wasn't she brought to the hospital immediately after the incident? Wouldn't it have been obvious to those in the classroom that she was seriously injured? Interesting that the reports of her injuries were reported days later, after she had hired a lawyer.

Back to Black Lives Matter activist and cyber-bully Shaun King. He basically announced on his Facebook page that anyone disagreeing with his point of view was going to be put on blast for all to see. "I hope you get fired, lose whatever good reputation you faked to earn..." he warned. He recently targeted a man who said somethings King did not like---and King posted the man's personal information, and address and number of the place where the man worked, urging others to contact the employer and get the guy fired. Hundreds of King's minions phoned in and wrote emails demanding that the guy be let go for "being racist and condoning child abuse." In fact, it was reported that the lynch mob was harassing the guy at his house and scaring his family. The company he worked for had to put out a statement on this issue, and many were saying they were going to boycott the company until the worker was terminated. "I am a Christian," King writes, "but I believe in justice." King, I am a Christian who also believes in justice, but you are not acting very Christlike. It is one thing to fight for what you believe. But taking down an absolute stranger is mean-spirited. If you really are a Christian, perhaps you've read your bible, and know the parts where it says that if someone strikes you on one cheek, offer him the other. Or that vengeance belongs to God alone.

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Bottom Line

In some ways, it's sad that the officer got fired, but I believe he was only fired to prevent riots from breaking out. In general, kids in that school nowadays know they can do whatever they want, and no one can make them. Just because a teacher commands respect in the classroom does not mean that he or she will receive it. Just because the teacher goes over the rules and makes the kids aware of the expectations does not mean the kids will abide by them. The officer who was beat up by that kid now has no authority where he works. I bet he has to stand there while the little punk yells to his friends in the hallway, "Yo, I busted that cop!" When he's called to come in to help, kids are going to think, "Let him, I'll just drop his ass." I worry for the future society we are about to live in. When you need the police, call a kid.

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      Brian 15 months ago

      I think white cops should go undercover as black cops to help race issues.

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      Lolita Monroe 17 months ago

      Thanks Shyron. Unfortunately, kids like her don't care about failing. Many kids today fail, not because they don't feel confident, but because they really do not care. At all. And a lot of parents can't control them either.

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      Shyron E Shenko 17 months ago from Texas

      Loli, I am in complete agreement with you, this is a fantastic hub, and I hope that people will read it and understand that kids need to learn first discipline, respect and rules.

      I think if I were the teacher, I would give her a failing grade, and tell her in front of the class that she failed.

      Blessings my friend

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      Lolita Monroe 19 months ago

      Thank you. It's been getting worse as time goes on, and will continue to get worse. At some point, somethings got to give.

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      William Kovacic 19 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Good article, Lolita. You said, "in general, kids in that school nowadays know they can do whatever they want, " Never a truer statement was made. Red or yellow, black or white, rebellion is everywhere. Thanks for this hub.