Forget it, Jake, it’s California Town.
Two days after the Uvalde shooting, as all of California Democrats, progressives and anti-gun zealots were metaphorically screaming “Murderers!” at those who aren’t willing to gut the Second Amendment to pretend that various restrictions would stop evil lunatics like Ramos, the California State Senate voted to end a legal requirement that students who threaten violence against school officials be reported.
The old law mandated that whenever a school official was “attacked, assaulted, or physically threatened by any pupil,” staff must “promptly report the incident to specified law enforcement authorities.”
Gone. So, for example, the teacher in that screenshot above, taken from a video of an in-class assault, would not be obligated to report it. How odd that the state would eliminate such a restriction as the question rages over how so many people aware that the Uvalde shooter was an anti-social, gun-obsessed menace never alerted authorities. What could possibly be California’s thinking?
Oh, come on. It’s easy! I guessed—that proves it’s easy. The ACLU’s statement on why it supports the repeal tells all:
Decades of research show the long-term harm to young people of even minimal contact with the juvenile or criminal legal systems. Once students make contact with law enforcement, they are less likely to graduate high school and more likely to wind up in jail or prison. These harms fall disproportionately on students from marginalized groups: Black, Indigenous, and Latinx students, as well as students with disabilities, are disproportionately referred to law enforcement, cited, and arrested.
Taking the photo above as an example, that student is merely the victim of centuries of systemic racism, and justifiably enraged by a racist white supremacist culture. Reporting him just compounds the injustice.
You see, a disproportional number of students who attack, assault and threaten school officials are “of color,” and there’s no way to be lenient with them while properly enforcing the sensible law when white students do the same, so the obvious solution is to pretend there’s nothing wrong with attacking school officials. Disparate impact!
Now one would think (or at least I would, but I’m not a Californian) that the rational, responsible way to address the fact that black and Hispanic students are more likely to trigger the reporting requirement would be to address the cultural and family influences that create anti-social kids. The ACLU’s statement is disingenuous: it isn’t the interaction with law enforcement that sets black and brown kids on the road to prison, it’s their proclivity to engage in illegal conduct justly placing them in such contact. Nevertheless, the fiction that the disparity between the conduct of white and minority students is purely a matter of racism and discrimination is central to progressive beliefs. Rather than admit its disconnect from reality, this warped state would rather signal its solidarity with Black Lives Matters activists while placing all students, teachers and administrators at risk.
When a school shooting take place in the Golden State and we learn that the shooter had threatened teachers after physically assaulting them, I look forward to California Democrats explaining how it was worth it, because many minority students have avoided being handicapped by the consequences of their own conduct.