Thursday, February 27, 2014

Safety consultants say Maine schools need to improve security, lock doors

We all want our kids to be safe.  It's really sad that we live in a world where we have to worry about our kids when they go to school, but we do.  However, the chances that your kids will get shot up in a Columbine or Sandy Hook style massacre is still very low.
I guess the solution is to turn our schools into prisons.  

Sadly, suggestions like this tend to be knee jerk reactions to paranoia cases watching too much TV.

And our police are training for these kinds of emergencies anyway.  Sadly, too many expect it.
The facts:
From 2000-2012, 728 people were shot and 352 were killed. That is roughly 61 people shot and 30 deaths per year. There are near 50 Million K-12 students in public schools and near 18 million in college for a total of 68 Million. The chances of someone getting shot in school is 1-in-1,120,880. The chances of dying in a school shooting is 1-in-2,266,666. The chances of dying in a automobile crash is 1-in-100. In a plane crash is 1-in-20,000. By lightning strike is 1-in-83,000. It's quite ridiculous when you look at the statistics.


(Thanks to Bangor Guy for this, whoever you are. as this is copied and pasted from your comment.)

Ex-DHHS inspectors say Maine managers ignored child abuse

There must not have been any money in it for them.
That's why they "protect" kids you know.  Once they get them, the federal money starts rolling in.

Here is the latest update on this story.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Error by DHHS misled applicants for day care benefit

Now this is really worthy of it's own post.  It shows, very clearly actually, how DHHS likes to screw parents.

From more angles than one apparently.

It's really sad though.  Some people really are trying to do the right thing for their families.  Some people just like to make things difficult.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Maine bill would ban replica guns in schools

When I was a kid, me and my friends used to play Cops and Robbers or Cowboys and Indians or Space Invaders or something like that.  We used to have sword fights with sticks and play with cap guns.  Now a days, such games are frowned upon because some psycho-babbling 'goody goody' came up with the idea that such games promote violence and aggression.


There is definitely an element of hysterical paranoia among some people in Maine.  It probably stems from watching too much TV.  You know, a group of child worshiping mom's who do play dates and makes the kid wear bike helmets so he doesn't bump his head and get a brain injury, saw one too many reports on the Sandy Hook Massacre on TV, then spends the rest of their lives being afraid of their own shadows.
Update: I started this post yesterday when the story first hit.  Since then, the media has taken off with it.

Some agree with it.
"But supporters say it would prevent confusion among police who see a student carrying what appears to be a weapon."
Others do not.
"Maine police officers said on Monday that bill that would ban the possession of BB guns and non-firing replica firearms in schools say the measure is too broad and wouldn't improve school safety."
You could go onto Channel 13's Facebook post and see how their fans are taking this.

There are plenty of comments to read.  Everybody's got an opinion.

I personally think that you all gotta stop falling for all of this fear mongering.  It's not healthy.  It's not good for your rights as parents.  It's not good for the rights of your children who then must thrive in light of Zero Tolerance policies, which will get them booted out of school and in many cases, a police record just for being a kid.

On top of that, bills like this won't do a damn thing to make your kids any safer.

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