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February 4th, 2011
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Drug war outrage, one of an occasional series
Why some people use "for the children" as a curse:
Hell, this case wasn't even about drugs to begin with. The kid in question shop lifted a pack of candy bars and got placed on probation. Later the kid tested positive for the fake marijuana that was outlawed last legislative session. I wasn't aware that a test had even been developed for the fake stuff. However, when I googled it I found that they have indeed developed a test to rapidly detect any fun one might possibly have.

Then the parent sent me the paperwork for enrollment and it was right there in black and white.

"Parents, Guardians, or Custodians is/are made party to herein shall"

X Submit to and pass drug and alcohol screens at the request of the drug
court team.

I could just quote the whole damned thing, but you might as well follow the link. Parents not allowed to drink alcohol in their home, must get permission to give their kids drugs, even if the drugs are prescribed or over-the-counter, must allow access to any drug court team member at any time, and all of this with potential job/money consequences which could cost them their house.

All this tyranny is for white people-- black kids just get set to jail.

The Idaho Supreme Court has found that drug testing parents of juvenile criminals is a violation of the Fourth Amendment. It's a start.

Link thanks to The Agitator.

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Date:February 4th, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC)
Well, it fits with the idea that parents are "responsible" for the actions of their offspring. If I am responsible for Johnny's actions, and Johnny commits (or is accused of committing) a crime, then I am liable to some kind of sanction.

This is, in other words, completely consistent with the strictures of the War On Some Drugs.
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Date:February 4th, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC)
Parental responsibility normally means that the parents must pay a fine and/or be ordered to enforce restrictions on the child. But the law has a completely unspecified "other things" clause. It looks as if a court can order parents to put on gorilla suits and perform in a circus if the judge feels like it.
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Date:February 4th, 2011 08:20 pm (UTC)
One of my heuristics for voting is that any new law that is sold as "for the sake of the children" or "protecting the children" is almost certain to be bad. No one with honest intent reaches for that button.
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