Arizona is the New Florida . . .
. . .and Maricopa County is the new
Broward County, which means butt-head stupid has a new home.
A lot of the people in Maricopa County
must drink the same water that shit-for-brains sheriff Joe Arapario
drinks because stupid is fast becoming endemic in that county. Take
the people who run the Ashton Ranch Elementary School, for
This school's principal, David Stoeve,
and Asst Principal, Sherri Hedges, have become the butt of
international, viral, ridicule because, apparently, they busted a 5 yo for
"sexual misconduct:" pulling his pants down on a play
Although Stoeve runs the school, from what
I can see Hedges is the real horse's-ass in this story. Joining them
both is James Dean, some sort of bureaucrat with the Dysart
United School District, who is running PR point and is now doing the
ole' two-step to try and defend the way Stoeve and Hedges have
characterized the child's behavior as "sexual misconduct."
Five-year-old Eric Lopez pulled
his pants down on the playground at Ashton Ranch Elementary School last
Spring and received a punishment of detention for what the school has
deemed sexual misconduct.
Eric now has a note that will remain in his permanent file for the
duration he attends Dysart schools. His mother was not notified of the
incident or the note her son signed in the assistant principal's
office until after the fact.
And this . . .
Dysart Unified School District policy
labels indecent exposure as a form of sexual misconduct. Under the
district rules, administrators must present the student with the
accusations, but they are not required to have a parent present for the
meeting unless a student specifically asks for his or her parent to be
I'll let the blogosphere
handle the heavy lifting of pointing out the obvious; i.e., how freaking
brain-ded Stoeve, Hedges, Dean and their colleagues must be to consider
Eric's behavior as "sexual misconduct" or as something that
should be memorialized in the child's school record. I want to focus
on two ancillary points.
First, from a lawyer's perspective, it
seems to me that any idiot who makes a 5 yo. sign any document that is
even vaguely legal, like the disciplinary note Hedges forced Eric to sign,
doesn't have enough common sense and doesn't understand enough about the
law or about 5 yo's to be working anywhere near them. What was it,
precisely, Eric's signature was supposed to mean or prove?
The screen grab below is a partial view of
the document the boy was forced to sign -- showing Eric's
"signature" and Hedges counter-signature. It appears to be
a statement saying he had "been given the opportunity to tell my
side" [of the story.] Most 5 yo's wouldn't even know what
"opportunity" means. And the child's parents weren't
present. So what possible meaning is supposed to attach to the kid's
signature "E-r-i-c" ?? I am shocked by these bureaucrats'
Second point: The boy's name is Lopez,
which suggests a Mexican ancestry, which suggests to me what is really
behind this harassment. The entire world knows what Maricopa County,
and white Arizonians in general, think about Mexicans. Just look at
whom they elect to public office -- McCain, Brewer, and Arapaio, for
Stoeve and Hedges can be reached at 623-523-8300.