13. Brutalizing Kids: Painful Lessons in the Pedagogy of School Violence
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PAINFUL LESONS IN THE PEDAGOGY OF SCHOL VIOLENCE
Zombie politics has as one of its distinctive features the violence it wages against young people. For instance, on May 20, 2009, Marshawn Pitts, a 15-year-old African American boy who is also a special needs student, was walking down the corridor of the Academy for Learning High School in Dolton, Illinois. A police officer in the school noticed that the boy’s shirt was not tucked in and started shouting and swearing at him. Pitts claims that he immediately started to tuck in his shirt, but it was too late. Within seconds, the police officer pushed him into the lockers, repeatedly punched him, and then slammed him to the ground and pushed his face to the floor. The officer then applied a face-down take-down hold to the child, a maneuver that has resulted in over twenty deaths nationwide and is banned in eight states. Pitts said he was terrified and was having a hard time breathing as a result of the forceful restraint. Because of this unprovoked attack by a police officer who is supposed to protect kids in school, the young man ended up with a broken nose and a bruised jaw.
In case the reader suspects I have confused the facts, the assault was caught on school security cameras and ended up on YouTube.1 Indeed, a 15-year-old boy with an early childhood brain injury and a...
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