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What happened to me?
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What happened to me?

A long while ago, all the way back in January, I made a post on how I was so fed up with my school I refused to go. I was unable to continue posting as I had no time or no ability to. This is my story.

I continued refusing to go to school until the courts got involved. For reference, at the time I was 13. I was seen by a judge, put on probation. I began going to school again out of FEAR. My life was miserable. I was depressed. I then, once again, refused going to school. I was seen again by a judge, put on higher levels of probation, given a tour of the local juvenile detention center.

All this boiled up until I was transferred into an online school (which I love). The courts tried pulling some things, tried to bring me back to court earlier than was scheduled. I got a lawyer.

Picture it: May 19th, a thursday. I am finally called back to court. With me I have papers showing my large amount of progress in my new online school. I see the judge. My PO has their (will not name genders or people for anoninimity) supervisor there, as is the prosecutor. The judge does not care I am doing well in online school. He is enraged I defied him months earlier. I am given 24 hours of community service...followed by 5 days in the Juvenile Detention Center. It was hell. I starting mentally slipping. I was dirty and hungry. At night it was so cold. So cold. Our clothing was old and stained. Some of these kids were crazy. One of them was on meth. Another beat his grandparents nearly to death. Another had a kid on the way. I pulled through and began summer break. I am still on probation but things are better.

All of this because I was truent a total of 20 or so days from school. This torment that was juvie. What the HELL is wrong with our country here in the USA. What logical person can justify putting a 13 year old in jail because he DIDNT GO TO SCHOOL. Mind you, I don't do drugs or hang out with anybody. I just sit in my house, watch tv, play steam games. Somehow I was such a grave threat to the community that I needed to be locked away, and then given 24 hours of walking roads and picking vegetables in the 80 degree summer heat to "repay my debt to society". Because somehow not going to school effects EVERYBODY AROUND ME.

Long story short. 5 months of legal crap, threats of going to jail, led up to me going to jail. How can these people feel good about making kids learn at the threat of jailtime? If I were to fuck up online school I would be facing 30-90 days in jdc for a probation violation.

What is wrong with this country?
(This post was last modified: 09-21-2016 12:56 AM by AnyOptions.)
09-21-2016 12:44 AM
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Consider it the fault of the social conservatism that has permeated our society. Since time immemorial, older generations have been afraid and envious of the younger, and have devised methods of oppressing the youth and rendering them subservient. Compulsory education - and the stiff jail sentence for refusing to go along with it - is just the latest of these methods.

What else can we conclude? It's evident that many consider it a crime to be a kid.

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They kind of think that truancy laws and their enforcement will either scare you straight, or in the event that you're still truant prove you're one of those thugs they think you are if you so much as style your hair a little off from their standard or emit more than a single swear word before the age of fifty or something.
Ridiculous, really. Given the state of institutionalized education as it is today, in both its shortcomings in quality and its unavoidable traits, you can't even blame the hooligans for being truant let alone the sorts that just aren't cut out to tolerate the crappy situation that is the poorly done school system you'll find anywhere in the world.
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What the hell... miss only 20 days of prison (the one they call school), and get put into literal prison? That's insane.

Seriously, 20 days. Over here, in my day, that wouldn't even be a big deal. They'd just make you catch up somehow and still make you do all the homework, but wouldn't freak out that much...

They'd have to be really stupid to honestly believe that they're helping people by doing what they do.

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"Here in the USA"? This is everywhere.
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