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Posted by4 months ago

School Police: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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Sees a fire.

The rest of the Western world: “Quick put it out! Is it an oil fire? Or not? Use the fire extinguisher to be safe.”

America: Pours gasoline on the fire.

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"If only we had been armed with flamethrowers we could have stopped this fire." - America

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"The profit motive to not stop the fire is greater. Therefore we will allow the fire to continue."

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Only if the gasoline makes more money. If I recall there was 750million spent on “sro’s” I wonder if that includes, vehicles, assorted gear, weapons etc. there’s a fucking fortune there. Guarantee it was more then what they admitted to

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But really. I'd say I'm pretty well-informed on the US, but every now and then you just see something as an outsider which completely baffles you. I mean, I've gotten a primary, secondary, and tertiary degree across 5 different schools, and lived on campus for 3 years, and I have never in my life seen or heard of a police officer coming to a school. Neither have there ever occured any school shootings here. The whole locking doors, bullet-proof blankets, and sending an army to defend the school mentality is just insane.

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I literally graduated from the high school showed on this video. Police acted up like assholes who owned the place and there were multiple times when they used excessive forced. Some wild stuff .

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I bounced between a fair number of schools in my state and luckily still stayed out trouble despite that, but I can say I have a good sample size of the SROs in Florida and let me tell you; they are absolutely dogshit. They are cut from the exact same cloth as correctional officers; those who wanted to be a cop but couldnt. It is a nasty nasty recipe for a person. the most common denominator is simply that they are mean they absolutely hate their life and they are in a position of power that lets them take it out on children with little consequence. I have seen good SROs like that lady dancing, and it makes an incredible difference to the tone of the school hallways to have kids see an officer with a gun and smile, instead of being tempted to duck inside of a classroom out of fear. Those officers are sadly very rare, maybe 1/20

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Honestly, I'd say even beyond gun control, you'd get far just making a law that an arrest cannot lead to a criminal record on its own. Why the hell does someone even get a criminal record before due process?

I mean, other than controlling poor and minority groups by making certain their communities that are much more heavily surveilled than well-to-do communities, will get a spot on their record for minor misdemeanors so they can be kept out of high class opportunities and blasted in the media until they're shunned by society.

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A huge problem is that the arrest still happened even if it's not considered part of a criminal record. We need to ban college applications and job applications from asking if you've been arrested.

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There should at least be a way to differentiate between a case where there's still suspicion of the person just not enough evidence for a conviction, and cases like this where the DA is basically saying why on earth did you arrest this kid??

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Even before I realized how messed up police were I knew that SROs would be useless.

Put police in school and they think their job is gonna be to arrest students.

Police aren’t there to keep anyone safe.

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The most infuriating part is the Uvalde shooting should immediately invalidate the argument that more cops will help save lives.

The police stood around dicks in hand for over an hour while the shooter was killing children, police made sure to get their kids out asap while letting the shooter have free reign over the classroom he was locked in.

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Of course not.

SROs work for, and get paid by, the police department. Not the school district.

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As an American, I can confirm that this is fucking wild. No idea how it got to this point. Actually, scratch that. I do know, and I hate it.

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"School police officer"

Yeah on second thought, lets not go to America, 'tis a silly place.

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As an American, I’m also extremely disturbed

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Grew up in California and we had a couple cops on campus. They were overweight and were only really good for breaking up fights between students. A school shooter, however, no shot in hell would they be able to cope.

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Love my country, but it always pisses me off how many things are unavailable in Canada.

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same here in Aus, although for its because HBO would rather take Murdochs blood money instead

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Get a VPN and go through a US server.

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is an American late-night talk show airing Sundays on HBO in the United States and HBO Canada, and on Mondays (originally Tuesdays) on Sky Atlantic in the United Kingdom. The half-hour-long show premiered on Sunday, April 27, 2014, and is hosted by comedian John Oliver. LWT takes a satirical look at news, politics and current events on a weekly basis.
Created Apr 19, 2014

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