Skip to comments.Police fire pepper spray at California high school students
Posted on 03/30/2006 7:57:34 PM PST by rockbobster
A mob scene unfolded at Oceanside High School on Mission Avenue Wednesday morning when about 200 students tried to leave campus, only to be blocked by police officers toting pepper-spray pellet guns and wearing riot gear.
The scene at the campus subsided as school let out this afternoon and protesting students headed for the Oceanside Bandshell at the beach. Three boys have been arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly throwing chunks of concrete at officers during the incident at the school.
Tensions arose at the school just before noon, when several hundred students tried to leave campus in protest of proposed immigration policies.
Officers shot pepper-spray-filled pellets at the ground as students shook a locked fence surrounding the school. The students were chanting, "One people united will never be divided."
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And our politicians want more of this riffraff. It must pay them handsomely.
They're inadvertently right about that.
Expel the miscreants. That'll teach them what taxpayer funded education is all about. let 'em pick grapes for a living if they don't like it.
under what authority can the police prevent students from leaving campus? truancy laws? I don't think those would apply to students who are 16 or older, certainly not to those who are 18. And I seriously doubt truancy laws can be used in this manner - students may have their parent's permision to leave for all the police know. A student leaving school and going home with his parent's permission wouldn't be guilty of truancy.
Did the kid bring a note? The parent needs to send a note or talk to an administrator by phone. The school usually gives the kid a pass of some kind to leave. I doubt this happened with all of these kids. Truant.
Hello, permits and the like? Plus the fact that some of these cherubs were hurling concrete at John Law.
Passes? We don't need no steenkin' passes.
Oceanside is right outside the front gate of the USMC's
Camp Pendelton, California.
I just know that in our area - that if a school is in lockdown mode, no students may leave, note from mommy or not. I did not see where this school was officially in lockdown mode other than the locked gate.
Note or not, police have no authority to prevent anyone from leaving a school. This is a free country. Technically, like I said, they can arrest a kid who is AWOL from school, but that means actually picking up a kid once he's outside the school area, not blocking the exits.
And, like I said, I don't think 16- or 17-year-olds and certainly not 18-year-olds can be picked up for truancy. All those students should be free to go wherever they want - if the school has a problem with that they're free to expel the kid for breaking the rules. But they commit no crime by leaving the school.
If they're assembling without a permit, the police can read them the riot act and tell them to disperse - they can't just block everyone from leaving the school.
If they're hurling concrete the police can either arrest the hurlers or order the mob to disperse or both. They can't block the school exits. I can understand police doing that if the safety of the public or the students would be at risk (for example, in a lockdown situation) but that doesn't apply here - everyone just wanted to leave to walk to a protest.
I'd like to know what the cops were doing there in the first place blocking the exits - it looks like they're the cause of all the trouble.
The school is free to enforce their rules by telling everyone that "if you leave, we will expel you" or something like that. The police have no business blocking school exits.
Schools don't actually expel anyone anymore. They are compensated on a per-head basis and don't want to lose the funds.
lock-down mode is definitely a different situation. But, like you said, it doesn't look like that applies here.
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Sons and daughters of illegal aliens and their supporters.
They already act like they own the country.
And in a sense they do.
The first thing they did when they came into this country was to break the law.
Then they parade around in broad daylight without anyone so much as saying "boo" to them.
Its all over but the crying.
Kids who don't care about the punnishment just leave and they risk the consequences. No different than any kid being caught skipping a class.
Pepper spray at Mexicans? There's a pretty obvious joke in there. What's next, spraying beer at Germans?
Our senior class of about 500 was in the gym for a mid-day assembly for something I don't remember. For some reason, when it was time for the assembly to end, some student said that we should all just stay there and not leave to go to our next class. So we stayed, everyone getting in a good mood and figuring, hey, let's all just stay here.
About five or ten minutes passed with no one leaving, and everyone just chuckling and wondering what would happen if we all just stayed.
Then the principal, in what was to be the most humiliating moment of his career, came up to the podium and sternly warned us (about 500 of us) that anyone who stays and doesn't go now to their next class will be marked as an unexcused absence and have to serve detention.
Immediate loud laughter from the whole crowd followed. Then more laughter as we all imagined our whole class of 500 in one big detention. Nobody left then - it was now a big party atmosphere. Eventually after about 5 or ten more minutes people started to leave as they figured, what the hell do we want to stay here for anyway? Most of us just stayed, but as the crowd slowly dwindled it started to seem pretty stupid to just stay there, so our big "protest" ended. Nobody, of course, got any detention as a result.
Do you think the police are so dumb that this didn't occur to them and given as an option to a mob of TEENAGERS before lobbing teargas at them?
Who do you suppose called the police if not the school administrators, who know all to well what mischief 200 kids can get up to? Did the cops divine that something was up at the high school?