America was founded through war and suffering upon the concept of personal liberty. Sadly, since then our culture has been infected with a creeping desire to surrender that liberty to the state in order to be protected from the actions of others and of ourselves.
We have slid far down the slope into tyranny, and few seem intelligent enough to even notice it.
All fear the jackbooted thugs of the dictator, but so many in America gladly accept the more kindly face that despotism normally wears.
When a Texas third-grader get’s a week’s detention, during which she would be separated from other students during lunch and recess, for possessing a Jolly Rancher hard candy, it’s a stark warning sign that the Nanny State is firmly entrenched in the country.
Reported by KHOU:
ORCHARD, Texas A third-grader at Brazos Elementary was given a weeks detention for possessing a Jolly Rancher.
School officials in Brazos County are defending the seemingly harsh sentence. The schools principal and superintendent said they were simply complying with a state law that limits junk food in schools.
But the girls parents say its a huge overreaction.
I think its stupid to give a kid a weeks worth of detention for a piece of candy, said Amber Brazda, the girls mother. “The whole thing was just ridiculous to me.”
Leighann Adair, 10, was eating lunch Monday when a teacher confiscated the candy. Her parents said she was in tears when she arrived home later that afternoon and handed them the detention notice.
According to the disciplinary referral, she would be separated from other students during lunch and recess through Friday.
Jack Ellis, the superintendent for Brazos Independent School District, declined an on-camera interview. But he said the school was abiding by a state guideline that banned minimal nutrition foods.
Whether or not I agree with the guidelines, we have to follow the rules, he said.
The state, however, gives each school discretion over how to enforce the policy. Ellis said school officials had decided a stricter punishment was necessary after lesser penalties failed to serve as a deterrent.
Ellis said failing to adhere to the states guidelines could put federal funding in jeopardy.
According to the Texas Department of Agricultures website, The Texas Public School Nutrition Policy (TPSNP) explicitly states that it does not restrict what foods or beverages parents may provide for their own children’s consumption.
Brazos Elementary Principal Jeanne Young, said the problem, in this instance, was that the candy was provided by another student not the girls parents.
The girls mother said the incident has taught her daughter a lesson, but not the one her teachers intended.
I told her, Leighann, unfortunately youre learning very young that lifes not fair,’ Brazda said.
— Gabe Gutierrez
KHOU News 11, Houston, TX
So the Food Police at Brazos Elementary gave the ten year-old Leighann Adair a week’s detention for “possession of minimal nutrition food.” One has to wonder if the student who gave her the Jolly Rancher got worse due to harsher sentencing for “possession with intent to distribute” and if young Ms. Adair could have gotten a lighter sentence by identifying her “dealer” to the authorities.
Brazos Elementary school officials have defended their actions against Leighann Adair as being required by- and consistent with Texas state laws; they were just following orders from the Nanny State after all. In this they are actually correct.
Texas Public School Nutrition Policy (TPSNP) Update
SY 2009-2010 TPSNP Amendments will be effective August 1, 2009. Highlights of the Amendments include:
- Nutrition Standards: Schools must eliminate deep-fat frying as a method of on-site preparation for foods served as part of reimbursable school meals, a la carte, snack lines and competitive foods. Transition period for extensive equipment or facility changes ends.
- Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value (FMNV): High Schools my not serve or provide access for students to FMNV and all other forms of candy at any time anywhere on school premises until the end of the last scheduled class.
Complete details and information pertaining to the SY 2009-10 Amendments are available here: Texas Public School Nutrition Policy – SY 2009 – 10 Amendment – Effective August 1, 2009
As I have said before, the Liberals seek to enact a nanny state whose despotism will wear a kindly face, but whose iron fist will strike as hard as any other tyrants. Even worse, as they have so often in the past, they have come first for America’s children since they are well acquainted with Lenin’s words, “Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.”
The question before Americans is do we have the conviction and the will to do what is necessary to stop them.