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High School Life Through the Barrel of a Gun
By Ricky Allen
Nov 7, 2003 - 8:54:00 PM

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GOOSE CREEK, SC -- The Goose was almost cooked in Goose Creek Nov. 7 as police swarmed into Stratford High School Wednesday with guns pulled and ordered students to the ground as they conducted a search for drugs and weapons.

I haven't been out of school that long, and I know things couldn't have changed that quickly, but school searches by police usually consisted of you staying in your classroom, while dogs sniffed your locker and car. How stupid of me though - I forgot it's a "new world."

Nevertheless, it's a horrifying site from the student's point of view - you come to school everyday, trying to do the right thing, and next you're on the ground with a gun to your head. Thank goodness none of those police officers were trigger happy.

What are we to think as parents? Was this right? Was this necessary? Was this justified?

With the way high school life in the U.S. has experienced the lethal wave of school shootings and other violence, one could say that this was just being cautious; sending a message to students that drugs will not be tolerated. However, in my opinion, a person equivalent to Pablo Escobar better have been in that school for guns to be drawn on students.

But the search came up empty, and now the school's principal is facing questions about whether the show of force was really called for.

It's like being pulled over for a traffic violation and getting thrown out the car and cuffed: Where is the limit? Where do you say, "Hey, this is going overboard?"

If we are going to teach our children that going to school is to get an education and to enjoy high school life, then we should not have schools in our country to fall victim to this. Even though this did show drug dealers and those that carry guns a different angle to high school searches by police, it also showed that even if you make straight A's, make perfect attendance, play on the football team or participates in the computer club, sooner or later you will be the target of someone's gun-police or civilian.

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