Californians Doug and Catherine Snodgrass are suing their son’s high school for allowing undercover police officers to set up the 17-year-old special-needs student for a drug arrest.
In a video segment on ABC News, they say they were “thrilled” when their son — who has Asperger’s and other disabilities and struggled to make friends — appeared to have instantly made a friend named Daniel.
“He suddenly had this friend who was texting him around the clock,” Doug Snodgrass told ABC News. His son had just recently enrolled at Chaparral High School.
“Daniel,” however, was an undercover cop with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department who “hounded” the teenager to sell him his prescription medication. When he refused, the undercover cop gave him $20 to buy him weed, and he complied — not realizing the guy he wanted to befriend wanted him behind bars.
In December, the unnamed senior was arrested along with 21 other students from three schools, all charged with crimes related to the two officers’ undercover drug operation at two public schools in Temecula, California (Chaparral and Temecula Valley High School). This March, Judge Marian H. Tully ruled that Temecula Valley Unified School District could not expel the student, and had in fact failed to provide him with proper services.
“Within three days of the officer’s requests, [the] student burned himself due to his anxiety,” Tully said. “Ultimately, the student was persuaded to buy marijuana for someone he thought was a friend who desperately needed this drug and brought it to school for him.”
Excellent use of public resources.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
[Will the mind one day understand itself?] Depends on what you mean by understand itself. If you mean in broad-principle terms if we will come to understand things, yeah, I don’t see why not. For example, I like to look back at Freud. I don’t know when it was that he first published his ideas about the ego, the id and the superego, and I don’t know how much truth there is to those ideas, but it was a big leap even if it wasn’t completely correct, because nobody had ever spoken of the abstract architecture of a human soul or a human self. It’s as if he were saying that a self can be thought of in an abstract way, the way a government is thought of, with a legislative branch, a judicial, an executive, and he was making guesses at what the architecture of a human self is. And maybe they were all wrong, but it doesn’t matter; the point is it was a first stab. Like the Bohr atom, it was a wonderful intuitive leap.
Ludwig Wittgenstein (via stickyembraces)
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