Boy Arrested for Burping in Class
by Right Wing Fighter
A federal appeals court has upheld the petty misdemeanor arrest of an Albuquerque student accused of repeatedly disrupting his middle-school class with loud burps.
According to the school, the boy was in physical education class when his teacher said he began making other students laugh with fake burps. The teacher sent him to the hallway, where he continued burping and leaning into the entranceway to the classroom so the students could hear.
That’s when Officer Arthur Acosta, assigned to the middle school as its resource officer, was called to the hallway where the boy was seated, according to court documents.
The boy disputed the version of events provided to the officer by his teacher Margaret Mines-Hornbeck before the officer led him away from the classroom, and took him first to the school’s administrative office and then the juvenile detention center.
They arrested this boy?
Didn’t it occur to anyone to have a stern talk with him?
There have always been rule-breakers and disrupters. It’s not like schools aren’t prepared for such cases. So send him to detention! Have the principle give him a firm talking to. But most likely, the principle is a man without any personal gravitas at all. He probably couldn’t talk a bank teller into giving him service. That’s the bizarre thing these days in America: I see people all the time in positions of authority who have no gravitas. They have no personal weight. They seem like feckless actors, all pretending to be doing their jobs. But give them something outside their training, and their mind utterly stops and they reach for a cop to handle the situation.
That’s what’s so aggravatingly pathetic about this case. These people don’t reach beyond the narrowest band of thought. They don’t stop and say to themselves “How can I handle this situation?” They just reach for a cop instead.