Obligation vs. Duty

At times like these, I’m increasingly glad I never became a lawyer. 

The only armed deputy stationed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School the day of Nikolas Cruz’s deadly rampage asked a Broward judge on Wednesday to find he had “no legal duty” to protect the students and faculty from harm.

The judge rejected his argument.

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Badge, gun, title, paycheck.  But no duty?

“We want to say he had an obligation, but the law isn’t that,” said Peterson’s lawyer, Michael Piper. “From a legal standpoint, there was no duty.”

It is entirely possible that though I earned a degree in teaching, maintain a license to teach and am being paid to teach…I have no legal duty to teach.


‘You didn’t break the law, so as long as you change the way you do things…’

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WRAL reports that the U.S. Dept. of Education and Wake County Schools have agreed to make a discrimination complaint go away:

An agreement between the Wake County Board of Education and U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has resolved a complaint alleging the district discriminates against black students in disciplinary matters.

The complaint, filed in 2010, alleged that black students are suspended from Wake County schools at rates that far outpace their percentage of the total student population.

Wake County schools spokeswoman Lisa Luten said in a statement Tuesday that the Office for Civil Rights was unable to find evidence that the district violated any laws with their discipline policies.

I don’t have the slightest idea if the district’s discipline policies were discriminatory. The higher rate of suspensions seems to be a problem.

From the agreement:

In approving this Resolution Agreement, OCR has not found that WCPSS has violated
any laws, and the Agreement specifically acknowledges, in general terms, the “many voluntary and proactive steps” the district has taken to “implement policies, procedures and practices designed to promote fair and equitable discipline practices.”
Prediction #1: Principals will be monitored (or are already being monitored) on the percentage of suspensions by race.
Prediction #2: Somebody who needs to be suspended will not be suspended because of these policies.
I want the district to treat each student based upon their actions, or even by the content of their character. (Which is most easily determined by their actions.)
I want safety for all students, with school administrators acting only for the well-being of all students.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will Wand and Search Students at Random

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is increasing security measures, including random wanding of students and searches of backpacks, to help keep weapons out of schools. The district announced the new safety protocols Nov. 16, and called for community support in keeping schools safe.

“This is not just a school problem – it’s a community problem,” Dr. Clayton Wilcox, superintendent, said at a media briefing. “We are taking action to keep weapons out of schools because we want all students to have safe, secure environments that promote academic growth. Our focus in schools should be on education.”

A student was shot and killed at Butler High School in October.

I wonder if the students being searched at random will consider it random.  I’ll bet most will feel singled out, and some may charge that they’ve been unfairly targeted. It’s a strange world.

Because Sports Builds Character

Actually, I think sports can build character, but not always…as these stories show:

WILSON, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina school system has ended the football season for two teams who engaged in a postgame fight last weekend.

During the handshake!

After last Friday’s game, a fight broke out between several players as the teams went through the postgame handshake. The school district said sheriff’s deputies used pepper spray to stop the fight when coaches and administrators couldn’t subdue the players.

And this story about soccer players shouting “Where’s your daddy?”

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Durham Public Schools is investigating after two Page High School students said they were taunted about their fathers’ deaths during a playoff match at Jordan High School.

Senior goalkeeper Eric Winkler lost his father to cancer, something he said the opposing team learned on social media. Players say students from Jordan followed them on Instagram before Thursday night’s match.

Coaches say they didn’t hear it. I’m dubious. And livid.

There’s no excuse for players fighting, but high schoolers could be forgiven if their emotions got out of control. But to research the opposing players and taunt someone about a family member’s death?

That’s a special type of cruel.

Shooting at a high school in Matthews, NC

Update: School officials say the incident stemmed from bullying, but they don’t say who was the victim and who was the perpetrator of bullying. Fox News:

A North Carolina high school student shot and killed a classmate on Monday after a fight stemming from “bullying that escalated out of control,” officials said.

Jatwan Craig Cuffie, 16, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Bobby McKeithen, 16, who died in the hospital shortly after the shooting at Butler High School.


Update via WRAL: One student dead.


One student injured.  Lockdown cancelled.

h/t: Ednc.org: