I was having a recent discussion about the case of a school field officer in South Carolina who was called by a teacher to handle a disruptive student, and was fired for brutality. And you know something? The whole student body came out in support of the officer, none of them are calling for his termination, but hey, the media rules these days and the left rules the media.
But anyhow, people were talking about whether he should have been fired and I was one of the few people who were arguing no. Of course, the majority of people on the other side were either dyed-in-the-wool liberals or crazy libertarians who think that there is no such thing as legitimate authority and the police are all a bunch of thugs, so I guess I can’t be surprised.
So I started asking what Officer Fields should have done in that situation and the liberals were all hemming and hawing because they really didn’t have an answer. They didn’t want him to throw the student across the room, but clearly, some kind of resolution was necessary and they just couldn’t come up with a solution. “Clear the room!” Okay, fine. Now the room is clear, now what? I’m going to assume that after the teacher told the student to leave the room and she refused and the officer told the student to leave the room, that no amount of telling the student to get out of the desk is going to work, no matter who does it. She’s going to continue to sit in the desk and refuse to follow orders and continue to disrupt not only that class, but every other class for the day. She wins. That’s not acceptable. Others said “call her parents!” Great. But most of these behavioral problems begin at home, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to find that the parent(s) don’t care how the girl acts or would respond. I might say this is a good first step, if they had all day. However, what if the parents either ignore the call or show up and refuse to help? What then? Eventually, every single liberal had to concede that physical force was necessary to resolve the situation. Every single one, without exception. So if what he did was necessary, what the hell is with all of the complaining?
Well, let me tell you, the only reason this guy lost his job is because of all of the bad press in the media. That’s it. It was to avoid losing face in the court of public opinion. But even if he was guilty of excessive force, his boss was not the one to fire him. He could suspend him pending an investigation, of course, but in virtually all police forces, termination decisions are made by civilian oversight committees. They are made with input from the police unions. These decisions are not made by someone emotionally reacting to potential fallout from an event. The officer has already retained legal counsel and they are going after the police department for wrongful termination.
Now yes, this entire situation was regrettable, but the blame for the situation wasn’t on the cop. It wasn’t on the teacher. It wasn’t on the school. It was on the student. If she had not misbehaved in the first place, nothing would have happened. If she had left the classroom when the teacher told her to, nothing would have happened. If she would have obeyed the command of the officer, nothing would have happened. All of this is because we had a student who has never been taught to respect authority and do as they are told by those who have legal authority over them. That’s the problem, but it’s a problem that idiot liberals and libertarians don’t seem to comprehend.