CrouchingwhileMexican:TUSDescalatesmilitarization “They first came after the department, the discipline, then the books... and now the students? Amazing -- the lack of outrage.”
Roberto “Dr. Cintli” Rodríguez
A Tucson High School was forcibly removed from his classroom last Friday for crouching instead of sitting at a school board meeting on February 14th.
Courtesy Roberto Rodríguez
Roberto “Dr. Cintli” Rodríguez
At the same meeting, the issue of armed guards at TUSD school board meeting was brought up. School board member Adelita Grijalva requested an inquiry into how many armed guards are being deployed at each meeting, at what cost, and how long this will last? There may have been 30 audience members at the meeting on Feb. 14th, along with perhaps 20 TUSD officials, employees and school board members. Nine armed security personnel were visibly present at the meeting. At the recent White House Summit in Tucson, (which was at least 10 times bigger) with many White House administration officials present, there may have been six visible officers present.
However, the real travesty has to do with security coming into a classroom for the student during class time.
“They first came after the department, the discipline, then the books... and now the students? Amazing -- the lack of outrage. Perhaps what's needed is a few thousand petitions to explain to this district that it is not acceptable to ban departments, thrash disciplines, ban books and now go into classrooms to yank out students... for the serious felony of crouching while Mexican,” stated Roberto “Dr. Cintli” Rodríguez, an assistant professor at the University of Arizona, activist and nationally syndicated columnist.
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