Changing Times

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Scenario: Johnny & Mark get into a fist fight
1973-Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up best friends
2006-Police called, SWAT team arrives, arrests Johnny and Mark. Charge them with assault, both expelled

Scenario: Jeffrey won’t be still in class
1973-Jeffrey sent to office & given a good paddling by Principal. Sits still in class
2006-Jeffrey given Ritalin; becomes a zombie. School gets extra money from state because Jeffrey has a disability.

Scenario: Billy breaks a window in his father’s car & his Dad gives him a whipping
1973-Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college & becomes a successful businessman.
2006-Billy’s dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy removed to foster care & joins a gang. Billy’s sister is told by state psychologist that she remembers being abused herself & their dad goes to prison. Billy’s mom has affair with psychologist.

Scenario: Mary turns up pregnant
1973-5 High School Boys leave town. Mary does her senior year at a special school for expectant mothers.
2006-Middle School Counselor calls Planned Parenthood, who notifies the ACLU. Mary is driven to the next state over & gets an abortion without her parent’s consent or knowledge. Mary given condoms & told to be more careful next time.

Scenario: Pedro fails high school English
1973-Pedro goes to summer school, passes English, goes to college.
2006-Pedro’s cause is taken up by state democratic party, ACLU files class action lawsuit against state school system. English banned from core curriculum. Pedro given diploma but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he can’t speak English.

Scenario: Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by Mary, his teacher. Mary, hugs him to comfort him
1973-Johnny feels better and goes on playing.
2006-Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job, 3 years


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