[I]f one considers how TV shows such as “Law and Order” see fit to preach that homeschooled children are malnourished and abused little freaks, it seems only reasonable to point out in like manner that public schooled children are brainwashed, quasi-illiterate savages, with targets painted on their chests to boot.
Two arrests have been made in a homecoming night rape of a 15-year-old high school student that was witnessed by as many as 15 do-nothing bystanders. Some may have even participated in the two-hour attack in a San Francisco suburb while others apparently filmed the assault with cell phones, according to police. No one called police or helped the victim. “As people announced over time that this was going on, more people came to see, and some actually participated,” said a police official.
What makes this crime so shocking is that police say at least 20 people were involved in the rape or stood and watched the crime without going for help. …
Richmond High School has a 69 percent truancy rate and is in a school district that had 19 student murders last year. Fights at Richmond have been posted on YouTube, and a van was set on fire on the football field’s new artificial turf. An investigation by CBS station KPIX-TV last year found only a handful of the 16 security cameras in the school were working.
The victim drank a large amount of brandy in a short period of time while socializing, police said, then collapsed. Someone dragged her to a bench, where several people stripped her, beat her, stole her jewelry and other belongings, and raped her.
The sexual assault continued for about two hours, detectives estimate, with several young men and boys taking part, possibly including some who arrived after the attack began, as word spread. …
“We’re not animals. We’re not savages. We’re students and we’re trying to achieve,” Richmond High student Maritza Morales told the audience. …
“I’m devastated” about the rape, Richmond High senior Norma Bautista said. “We are not criminals. We are the future leaders. We are going to make a change. Everything they say about us — that we’re animals, that we’re not a community — we are a community. Why are they focusing on the negativity?”
If we do absolutely nothing more than we’ve done already — if Leslie packs up the whole project next week, next month or next year and ships Nini and Des off to whatever school will take them (and believe me, we have those days) — she’ll have done something amazing. She’ll have implanted in them a ferocious appetite for learning, and the idea that it’s full of wondrous discoveries. They have absolutely no idea that some children experience schoolwork as thankless drudgery, or human history as a tedious assortment of facts, dates and dusty objects in vitrines.
Does the gang rape case have anything to do with Richmond, California in particular? No. People who obsess over geographical trivia are superstitious and overly concerned with shifting blame away from themselves. This sort of thing has happened in all kinds of different places.
What interests me is how this story exemplifies the stupidity of the claim that public school is the ideal environment, if not the only acceptable environment, for children to learn the proper ways to relate to others. This claim is the most outrageous and plainly false type of statement used to justify the attacks on homeschoolers. The average citizen brings it up as if this is their primary concern with regard to childhood development and their primary hope for the future of civilization. I would not entrust such a person with the care of a child, much less any kind of governing authority.
Anyone who brings up “socialization” in the context of a complaint about homeschooling is either a proponent of vicious totalitarian oppression or an absolute moron. I can’t tell you how much I loathe the self-righteous arrogance exhibited by this argument.