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    Filed at 9:16 am under by dcobranchi

    Effective remedies against nuclear attacks and immigration rallies.

    INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — A principal trying to prevent walkouts during immigration rallies inadvertently introduced a lockdown so strict that children weren’t allowed to go to the bathroom, and instead had to use buckets in the classroom, an official said.

    Worthington Elementary School Principal Angie Marquez imposed the lockdown March 27 as nearly 40,000 students across Southern California left classes to attend immigrants’ rights demonstrations.

    Marquez apparently misread the district handbook and ordered a lockdown designed for nuclear attacks.

    Good forbid the kids exercise their multiple First Amendment rights. I’m sure whatever they were allegedly teaching in class that day was so much more important.

    Instead of the Pledge of Allegiance, maybe kids (and, especially, the educrats) would be better served if they recited this each morning:

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

    (Tip credit: Laura)


    Comment by
    Cindy B
    April 17th, 2006
    at 12:34 pm

    Ha! I saw this story this morning and was just amazed. Typical of a school administrator that has to consult a handbook for all decisions rather than thinking for herself.

    Ms. Marquez: Hmmm… Lockdown To Prevent Students From Leaving School To Participate In A Protest. I know it’s in here somewhere.

    Comment by
    April 17th, 2006
    at 12:42 pm

    If any other adult locked children in a room, withheld food and water and forced them to use buckets for their needs CPS would be all over them.

    Comment by
    April 17th, 2006
    at 3:50 pm

    I don’t understand them having to impose a lockdown of any sort dealing specifically with walkouts in the first place. Aren’t there already rules in place that would keep a student on school grounds anyway until a parent/guardian comes to pick them up or until school is dismissed? Isn’t that a safety thing already? I mean, what age are we talking about here–elementary school…like K-5 or something? And a lockdown couldn’t keep a parent from coming to pick up a child if the parent wished him/her to attend a rally.

    I don’t get it.

    Comment by
    April 17th, 2006
    at 6:08 pm


    I think that’s exactly what a “lockdown” means. You do NOT get access to your child. No one can leave, no one can come in. If you are like me the thought that comes to your mind is, “You can’t tell me I can’t access my kid!” But they do. Every now and then I read a post or article from someone saying there was a scare at their child’s school and they were in lockdown. They beg to have communication with the child to see if everything is all right and they are denied it. Eventually when the police clear everything the kids are let out.

    In general, there are rules that children must remain on campus, but that doesn’t stop the kids from breaking the rules. If a parent wanted to pick the child up from school to go to a protest that would be possible, but from the teacher’s blogs that I’ve been reading, it’s really about the kids more so than the parents. Evidentally, there is less enthusiasm for protests when the occur on Saturdays.

    I wish I could remember where I read the theory about the kids only wanting to skip class. However, and this is slightly off topic here is a pro-rally public school teacher’s blog. He says the kids aren’t skipping:


    Comment by
    April 17th, 2006
    at 8:57 pm

    Oh…I get it now. There was a B.T. at the community college one day where my dd was and she called and said she was OK (it was a prank, thank God) but it would be a good while till I could pick her up because of the lockdown. Sheesh, I never thought anything like that would ever enter anyone’s mind to do at an elementary school for any reason except a truly dangerous situation like if there was a sniper outside or something.

    And yep, you are right about that…I’d get my kid…barring them shooting me!

    I am soooo thankful my kids aren’t in a place like that! I don’t care if they *all* turn out to be unsocialized redneck hicks! 😉

    Comment by
    April 18th, 2006
    at 2:20 am

    Some of my friends are public high school teachers in LA; reportedly the majority of the students that walked out of their classes were the ones they were frankly surprised to still have in school — the ones whose parents never came to meetings, the ones who never did homework but got promoted anyway. It was more of a party, for the kids, than a political statement. One of my friends teaches an honors class full of hispanic kids; all of them stayed in their seats.

    As far as lockdowns at elementary schools go… while I think it’s a tad insane, I’m forced to recall the several students (under 10 years old) who managed to jump the fence during recess and lunch at my school in LA. Pretty much the only way to keep them from leaving (and remember, the schools are acting in loco parentis — they’d be liable if a fifth grader jumped the fence and got herself run over) would have been to lock them in a classroom. Come to think of it, there was a little girl who actually managed to do it twice. Now the school has barbed wire over the fence, so their only real shot is when the lunch truck arrives, but I wouldn’t be surprised if a few kids manage it now and then.

    Bearing in mind that the school in question feels the need to advise parents that they should consider hugging their children before taking them to school in the morning:


    I also like the part about making sure the kids have pencils.