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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: And they call this Progress!

Article submitted by Bonnie Flegler

By today's standards, none of us  were supposed to ever make it past High School.  110207_2339_Thoughtfort1
HIGH SCHOOL -- 1957 vs. 2013 

Scenario                 1:    
Jack goes quail hunting before school and then pulls into the school parking lot with his shotgun in his truck's gun rack. 
1957 -  
Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack's shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack. 
2013 -  School goes into lock down, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again.  Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.     

Scenario                 2:      
Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.  
1957 -  Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.  
2013 -  Police called and SWAT team arrives -- they arrest both Johnny and Mark.  They are both charged with assault and both expelled even though Johnny started it .  

Scenario                 3:      
Jeffrey will not be still in class, he disrupts other students.  
1957 -  Jeffrey sent to the Principal's office and given a good paddling by the Principal.  He then returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.                  
2013 -  Jeffrey is given huge doses of Ritalin.  He becomes a zombie.  He is then tested for ADD. The family gets extra money (SSI) from the government because Jeffrey has a disability.   

Scenario                 4:      
Billy breaks a window in his neighbor's car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt.                  
1957 -  
Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college and becomes a successful businessman.   
2013 -  Billy's dad is arrested for child abuse, Billy is removed to foster care and joins a gang.  The state psychologist is told by Billy's sister that she remembers being abused (spanked) herself and their dad goes to prison. Billy's mom has an affair with the psychologist.    

Scenario                 5:      
Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.  
1957 -  Mark shares his aspirin with the Principal out on the smoking dock.  
2013 -  The police are called and Mark is expelled from school for drug violations.  His car is then searched for drugs and weapons.                   


Scenario                 6:      
Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the Fourth of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle and blows up a red ant bed.      
1957 -  Ants die.  
2013  -  ATF, Homeland Security and the FBI are all called.  Johnny is charged with domestic terrorism.  The FBI investigates his parents - and all siblings are removed from their home and all computers are confiscated.  Johnny's dad is placed on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.                   

Scenario                 7:      
Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee.   He is found crying by his teacher, Mary.  Mary hugs him to comfort him.      
1957  -   In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.                  
2013-  Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job.  She faces 3 years in State Prison.  Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy.