Readers — Unplug your gall-o-meters before you read this story or they might explode: When a fire alarm went off in a St. Paul Minnesota High School, everyone was evacuated, including a 14-year-old who’d been swimming and was not given time to grab her clothes. I can totally understand hustling her out of the building, given the fear of a real fire. What blows my mind is this:
But due to school policy, she wasn’t allowed to sit in a faculty-member’s car.
“We kind of huddled up and made a circle around me, and the other kids who were cold,” Hagen-Tietz said.
Eventually, a teacher did get permission to allow Hagen-Tietz and her classmate to sit inside her car.
But by that time Hagen-Tietz had already stood barefoot and wet for 10 minutes in some of the coldest conditions of the year.
The school is on record as saying it will now “review these procedures, including cold weather modifications.” In other words, they think they need a new PLAN.
How about they PLAN TO USE THEIR HEADS?
Apparently they really NEED someone to write out, “Should evacuation occur during swimming and a student is taken outside in not less than a bathing suit but not more than a towel and it is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit (-6 Celsius), the no-children-in-teachers’-cars shall be suspended for 10 minutes, to be periodically reviewed by a committee of at least two fully certified, background-checked school administrators….”
Now of course, society has had long suffered mindless bureaucrats. But combine rigid bureaucracy with a hysteria about almost all contact between kids and adults and you get a society that is as cruel as it is stupid. The bizarre and far-fetched fear of a kid simply sitting in an adult’s car becomes more terrifying than the reality of a kid standing outside, dripping wet and barefoot, in the winter, in Minnesota.
Ah, the things we do to keep children safe. – L.