“You Can No Longer Think of Yourselves as Peace Officers”: Militarizing “Lockdown High”

()   It was Friday the 13th, and Skylar Walters thought he was going to die.
The 16-year-old inmate of Orangeville Jr.-Sr. High in Illinois was in gym class when a deranged-looking man barged into the school and began firing what appeared to be a handgun at several of the other students.
“I started praying to God and saying my last words,” Skylar later recalled. “I was scared. I didn’t know what to do.”
As the intruder fired his gun, he called out the name of a particular student; the youngster quite sensibly fled the building. Other kids “were just running everywhere and crying and hiding,” Skylar recounted. Some of the panicking schoolkids probably attempted to call or text their parents to describe the horror unfolding in front of them. They didn’t know that each of the parents had been instructed not to answer if his child issued a desperate plea for help.
That last sadistic touch is what distinguished the May 13 “active shooter drill” in Orangevillefrom countless other performances of its kind staged in schools across the Soyuz by the Police State Play Actors’ Guild. Most of the time, the kids for whose supposed benefit those drills are choreographed — and the parents responsible for their care, education, and upbringing — are let in on the joke.
Last October 10, for example, a mob of “between 80 and 100 officials” from law enforcement agencies staged a little Garrison State melodrama in New York’s William H. Barton Intermediate School. As described in the Glens Falls Post-Star:
“Fire alarms sounded at 9:31 a.m., drawing closed doors. Three Warren County sheriff’s officers and two state troopers conducted the first search, where they encountered students in a hallway and instructed them to sit down. They reached a second floor on a north wing of the school and found several bodies laying across the hallway. Police searched the classrooms, bathrooms and even an elevator, pressing their backs against walls before entering rooms and calling out `clear.’ A cafeteria was secured as a transfer point for victims with casualties, and a triage site for patient evaluation was at a nearby school.”
In that exercise, students — some of them in grade school — were recruited to play “victims.” One of them was the third-grade daughter of Heather Holl, who was herself cast as a “victim” in the third trimester of pregnancy. Another bit player, Heather’s son Alexander, “played the role of a gunshot victim” with an entry wound in his chest and a large exit wound in the back.
It should be pointed out that the tactics employed in the “active shooter” scenario at the William H. Barton School focused on officer safety, rather than active intervention on behalf of the victims. In real life, Alexander Holl would have been one of several unarmed, helpless schoolchildren killed while the SWAT team — encased in body armor and brandishing high-performance weaponry — took exquisite care to minimize its exposure to risk.

“He’s excited,” Heather commented as her son  was transported away from the scene by medical personnel. “He didn’t even sleep last night.”
At least he was given a copy of the script before the staged shooting began. The students who were deprived of that indispensable intelligence in Orangeville most likely aren’t sleeping well now — not because they’re full of eager anticipation, but rather because they suffer from post-traumatic stress.
Parents were required to participate passively in the scenario played out in Orangeville: They weren’t informed about the event until curtain time, and then ordered to participate in an information embargo targeting their terrified kids.
What this means, of course, is that although the disguised deputy playing the role of assailant was firing blanks, the schoolkids were, quite literally, being held hostage.

If a bank robber bluffs his way through a heist with a toy gun, he’s committed a real crime. The same is true of the people who terrorized the inmates of Orangeville Jr.-Sr. High on May 13. School District Superintendent Randy Otto has submitted his resignation, and some parents have discussed the possibility of a lawsuit — but the appropriate criminal charges against those responsible aren’t forthcoming.

“Our number one goal is to save lives,” warbled Leigh Anne Ryals, Emergency Management Director for Baldwin County, Alabama, following a similar school shooter drill in Robertsdale’s Central Baldwin Middle School a few years ago. The means such drills employ are incompatible with that goal, since the standard template is based on the “Lockdown” Scenario: The killers conduct the rampage on their own terms, end it at a time of their choosing, and the SWAT team merely cattle-pens the victims.

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Like every other “security” measure inflicted on Americans since 9/11, the “lockdown” scenario treats schoolchildren as a tactical impediment — or perhaps even a threat — to be dealt with, rather than as innocent people to be protected. That model was actually put in place before 9/11 — even before Columbine – as part of the federal “Safe Schools” dogma that grew out of the Regime’s narcotics price support program (sometimes dishonestly called the “War on Drugs”).

Today it is typical for police agencies to deploy “Resource Officers” to prowl the halls of schools in search of misbehavior that can be treated as criminal offenses, rather than disciplinary problems.

In his keynote address to the 2007 National Association of School Resources Conference, held against the rugged and forbidding backdrop of Orlando’s Disney World, self-styled tactical and counter-terrorism John Giduck offered a telling glimpse into the mindset of the armed strangers who haunt local government schools:

“You’ve got to be a one-man fighting force…. You’ve got to have enough guns, and ammunition and body armor to stay alive…. You should be walking around in schools every day in complete tactical equipment, with semi-automatic weapons…. You can no longer afford to think of yourselves as peace officers…. You must think of yourself [sic] as soldiers in a war because we’re going to ask you to act like soldiers.” (Emphasis added.)

In her immensely informative and tirelessly infuriating new book Lockdown High: When The Schoolhouse becomes a Jailhouse, investigative reporter Annette Fuentes  describes Giduck’s audience as ” a sea of khaki uniforms, some [of whom in the crowd] were waring holstered handguns…. [M]ore than a few had shaved heads and bulging bellies or biceps. Some had both. If drug tests had been required for registration, odds are that a few steroid-positives could have resulted among the more muscular attendees.”

Giduck himself has appointed himself an authority on the tactics and training of special forcesdespite a resume untainted by actual experience in the same. In similar fashion Giduck advertises himself as a world-caliber authority on radical Islam and counter-terrorism: He claims to have been tutored in counter-terrorism by “Putin’s boss,” the former head of the KGB, and to have trained with Soviet-era special forces, during a visit to Russia in the late Gorbachev era. Assuming that Giduck is telling the truth, that line on his vita should summarily disqualify him from having anything to do with children anywhere.

Whatever proves to be the truth about Giduck’s claims, he is a prominent figure among the cohort Fuentes calls the “Profiteers of Lockdown High” — an interlocking collection of governmental and quasi-private bureaucracies committed to eradicating the few substantive distinctions separating schools from prisons.

“Every day in communities across the United States, children and adolescents spend the majority of their waking hours in schools that increasingly have come to resemble places of detention more than places of learning,” observes Fuentes.  Federally subsidized “zero tolerance” policies have created what Fuentes and other critics of the system call the “school-to-prison pipeline”: “If yesterday’s prank got a slap on the wrist, today those wrists could be slapped with handcuffs.”

The danger here is not merely that schools have been largely transformed into short-term prison facilities; it’s that the SROs deployed therein take seriously Giduck’s catechism about being combat-ready “warriors,” rather than peace officers. Their operational credo is not “protect and serve,” but rather “control and dominate” — and, with increasing frequency, “close and kill.”

Those options are compellingly displayed in two entirely unnecessary police assaults on young teenagers: The case  of 17-year-old Derby, Kansas resident Jonathan Villareal, who was beaten, tasered, and handcuffed by police “resource officers” who took offense over the way the high school student was wearing his pants; and the murder of 14-year-old San Antonio reform school student Derek Lopez. Significantly, both of those incidents occurred after school hours.

Relieved by the end of his daily sentence in the government mind-laundry, Jonthan passed a brace of officially licensed bullies on the way to the bus. One of them told Jonathan to pull up his pants; the youngster replied — hopefully with the appropriate measure of controlled contempt — that school was over and he was thus free to dress any way he chose.

One of the thugs — his tax-fattened bulk making him much larger than the scrawny adolescent —  threw Jonathan to the ground while bellowing the familiar rapist’s refrain: “Stop resisting!” The other thug immediately joined in, both of them striking and kneeing the prone, helpless teenager in the back, legs, and neck. Jonathan also suffered a black eye.

When Jonathan struggled to his feet, he was thrown down forcefully; he felt his arm snap as he hit the ground. He struggled to his feet again, thereby giving one of the costumed enforcers an excuse to report that the victim had assumed an “aggressive stance.” This supposedly justified a potentially lethal taser attack.

The Derby High School newspaper, appropriately called the Informerexplained that students can be subjected to “administrative” discipline for wearing their pants “inappropriately.” Derby Police Chief Robert Lee described the incident as “a flagrant violation of school policy that could have been handled administratively, if he had not resisted the SRO.”

Once again, we see the logic of the rapist at work: If the victim is severely injured or killed for fighting back, it’s her own fault; she shouldn’t have resisted. This comparison, of course, is unfair: Rapists and other aggressors not swaddled in government-issued costumes aren’t generally permitted to file criminal charges against victims who fight back. The Derby Police Department “will take the incident to the district attorney for possible criminal charges against Villareal,” observes the Informer.

Through an interpreter, Villareal’s mother said that she “understands if they need to arrest him for being disrespectful,” but that she doesn’t understand why “they need to beat him up for whatever reason.”

The short answer, of course, is this: They do it because they can.

Derby High’s dress code is described as part of an effort to beat back the insidious “gang culture” considered to be a besetting scourge of society. Doubtless the school also participates in the Regime’s “anti-bullying campaign,” in which students are encouraged to rat out each other whenever they hear inappropriate comments, or see what they believe to be inappropriate conduct.

None of this applies to the sanctified bullies in military attire, of course. Since they belong to the State’s punitive priesthood, those skeevy armed adults can loiter around schools, leering like Aqualung at underage girls and taunting smaller young males in an attempt to provoke them into doing something to justify a righteous beating — followed by prosecution for “resisting arrest.”

With troubling frequency, this State-authorized bullying involves the use of consistently lethal weapons, such as the ubiquitous portable electro-shock torture device. On occasion, it involves unambiguous criminal homicide. Witness the November 12, 2010 killing of Derek Lopez by Officer Daniel Alvarado of San Antonio’s Northside Independent School District Police.

Alvarado was an exceptionally unqualified officer even by the dismal standards that prevail among the ranks of tax-subsidized gun thugs. Between March 2006 and November 2010, Alvarado was suspended four times. Four times he was informed by supervisors that he faced “immediate termination.”

For some reason — most likely one rooted in police union politics — when it came time to fire Alvarado, his superiors just couldn’t bring themselves to pull the trigger. Alvarado displayed no similar scruples on November 12, 2010, when he murdered 14-year-old Derek Lopez, who had just taken part in a brief scuffle with another student.

Owing to his own troubled past, Lopez was a student at the Bexar County Juvenile Justice Academy. At around 4:30 PM on the fatal day, Lopez sucker-punched a 13-year-old classmate at a bus stop.
“He just hit me once,” the student later recalled in a sworn deposition. “It wasn’t a fight. It was nothing.”
Unfortunately, Alvarado happened to be prowling the intersection in his patrol car, and witnessed the trivial dust-up.
“Freeze!” Alvarado shouted at Lopez, who bolted from the scene. Alvarado, in his mid-40s, briefly gave token pursuit before wheezing out the first of several self-serving falsehoods.
“I just had one run from me,” gasped the winded tax-feeder. “I saw an assault in progress. He punched the guy several times.” (Emphasis added.)
A supervisor instructed Alvarado “not [to] do any big search over there” in pursuit of the assailant. “Let’s stay with the victim and see if we can identify [the suspect] that way.”
Rather than doing as he was ordered, Alvarado bundled the “victim” — who was probably more terrified of the armed functionary than of his obnoxious classmate — into the patrol car and went in pursuit of Lopez.

Lopez vaulted a nearby fence and hid in a backyard shed containing Christmas decorations. The homeowner saw the intrusion, and a neighbor flagged down Alvarado’s patrol car. The officer drew his gun “when he came up the driveway,” recalled the homeowner.

Within a minute or so, a single gunshot resonated through the neighborhood. When asked by the horrified homeowner what had happened, Alvarado — who reportedly looked “dazed or distant” — replied that Lopez “came at me.”

“The suspect bull rushed his way out of the shed and lunged right at me,” the timorous creature later claimed in an official report. “The suspect was literally inches away from me, and I feared for my own safety.”(Emphasis added.)
Alvarado was lying, of course. An autopsy revealed “no evidence of close range firing [on] the wound,” and no gunpowder stains were found on the victim’s bloody t-shirt.
By this time, the boy who had taken the punch at the bus stop had called his mother via cell phone. She arrived shortly after Alvarado had gunned down Lopez.
“At one point, the mother told a witness, `He shot him? Why did he shoot him? He didn’t have to shoot him,” reports the San Antonio News-Express.
Alvarado, who four times was on the cusp of being fired for insubordination, disobeyed a direct order on November 12. He falsified key details of the shooting in his official report. A 14-year-old boy was gunned down execution-style for the venial offense of engaging in an adolescent scuffle, and for compelling an overweight middle-aged badge-polisher to run a few hundred yards. According to the San Antonio Police Department, this is all perfectly acceptable: The department ruled that the murder of Derek Lopez was a “justified” shooting.
Although he’s been removed from patrol duty, Alvarado remains on the force, albeit in a tax-underwritten sinecure. Although he had repeatedly been threatened with termination for sloppiness or defiance in carrying out administrative duties, Alvarado faces neither criminal prosecution nor professional censure for murdering a 14-year-old boy.

Apparently, insubordination in carrying out office functions is a much graver matter than insubordination that results in the needless death of an adolescent Mundane.

Despite the fact that this incident involved two teenage boys who attended a special school for troubled juveniles, parents should understand that students in practically any government-run “educational” institution can fall prey to sudden — and potentially lethal — police violence.

The purpose of “active shooter drills” is not to refine protocols intended to protect inmates of government schools; instead, it is to habituate children to the presence of paramilitary operators in their midst. Parents should ponder that reality as millions of young Americans begin their welcome Summer parole from the government’s hybrid school/prison system — and they should likewise consider the wisdom of making that parole an unconditional pardon.

3 Responses to “You Can No Longer Think of Yourselves as Peace Officers”: Militarizing “Lockdown High”

  • My name is Ron Camacho. I am the Operations Captain for the York City Police Department York Pennsylvania and Swat Commander for the York County Quick Response Team. I am deeply offended and concerned by the article “You Can No Longer Think of Yourself as Peace Officers”: Militarizing “Lockdown High”.
    The “Cut & Paste” way the article is written is full of flaws and utterly biased. There are certain facts that cannot be disputed when it comes to Active Shooters: The quicker an armed officer can confront the shooter the sooner the shooting ends. The sooner the shooting ends the more lives saved. Officers are trained to go in after the shooter with tactics that provide only minimal safety or protection. Those tactics have evolved some since their inception, but make no mistake the officer is greatly risking his life upon entering a building or school to neutralize a shooter. They go in quickly with one mission “Get the shooter” and by doing this they are saving lives. This is what we get paid to do!!
    Time is the great enemy during an active shooting. Most shootings are over within 10 minutes. Think of the damage that a shooter can do within that time frame. How does one defeat the time factor? What better way than having an armed police officer (SRO) inside the school. SRO’s (School Resource Officers) are an invaluable tool to prevent and deal with active shooters. They are the eyes and ears of the police department within the school. A good SRO will be proactive in dealing with issues that may turn in to large violent problems if ignored. God forbid, if there is a shooting at the school the officer is right on scene to handle it. I know from my experience that school districts want SRO’s in their schools. The main reasons that we do not have an officer in every school come down to two factors: money and manpower. The SRO’s become role models to the kids in their schools and bridge that gap between the students and the police.
    Where does the author acknowledge the numerous examples where communities are clamoring for more SRO’s in their schools? Where does he give us an example that showed an SRO confronting a shooter or conducting an investigation that prevented a shooting? I guess the author did not have enough room to fit them all in his article.
    The author also takes umbrage with John Giduck, President of Archangel, and his truthful, straight-forward way of speaking. All John does is spend most of his year on the road teaching police officers, school officials and military personnel tactics and techniques that will save the lives of the innocent. How is that a bad thing? His knowledge and expertise -and he is an expert- help us confront a dangerous situation- an Active Shooter. He should speak seriously, any subject dealing with the saving of lives, especially those of our children, should be taught and taken seriously. Some people need to understand that if this can happen in an Amish one-room school house it can happen anywhere.
    John is a hero; he should be praised not punished for getting us ready for possibly the most tragic incident of our lives.
    Make no mistake we are at war; with the kind of evil that can cause a man to barricade himself in a school and start killing our kids. This is the war that I am training to fight every day. Thanks to John Giduck I am prepared!!

    Captain Ron Camacho
    Operations Captain
    York City Police Dept
    Commander York County Quick Response Team

  • Captain, Thank you for taking the time to respond. I did not write the article, it was sent to me by a listener and was re-posted from the original source which was linked at the bottom. The intent of posting the article was not to offend anyone. Don’t take it personally, the article is meant to highlight the ever increasing militarization of our local police forces. There are bad guys yes, but they aren’t the citizens of this country. I respect what you do and I am thankful for your service as I myself am a Veteran of 2 wars and one of my best friends is a Sheriff’s Deputy. That being said I don’t agree with how Police Officers are being trained for Martial Law. And that the general public is bad and full of “scum”. We do not have monsters hiding all over the place waiting to get us, that is propaganda to create fear and division amongst us. Yes there are bad people out there but all the Police and laws in the world can’t protect us from harm and that is just a fact. There is a much larger agenda at work by people who wish to subvert the Constitution step by step and it has been going on since the country’s inception, it is very real. Good Police Officers such as yourself are being used as pawns in a bigger agenda just like our Military by people way above your chain of command. Please take the time to check out the New World Order, you can research it here as much as you would like. I think you should check out an organization called the Oath Keepers, you can see them here http://oathkeepers.org/oath/ And no they are not a radical organization, there are thousands of Police Officers that are members. Thanks for your time in reading this response and I hope this explains the meaning of the article.

  • The following comment is in regards to Mr. Camachos reply, as he copy and pasted this same response on my website at dosmosis.blogspot.com in which I linked to the same article… I request to copy and paste my response in a similar fashion and would like to additionally point out that Mr. Camacho (with respect) relates present day society to warfare, which speaks wonders of his mindset. The following is my prior reply to his comment:
    Mr. Camacho, thank you for your comments and point of views. This day in age its easy to forget what motivates those who ‘serve to protect’, and at some level we are all in debted to your services.
    I’d like to keep my reply somewhat brief as I’ve plenty of further articles to divulge….
    Now I’m sure YOUR motives, & most of those who chose similar paths are pure and honorable. I know many who serve in different branches of military, & law enforcement, and they are remarkable people who believe they are doing much good, and at some level they are.
    The problem I have in regards to the article posted is in many ways these drills help sharpen your tactical strategies helping you better prepare for such possible future threats, but in most cases the students and at times even the teachers are not warned or informed that such actions are taking place.
    Now from a childs point of view, what would go through your mind if men in black armor stormed your classroom with weapons drawn? Assuredly these actions leave lasting impressions.
    Now when faux ‘shooters’ are involved its surprising to me that they are not brutalized by the uninformed faculty, as if I was a teacher and someone stormed in my office of business with weapons drawn on the children I’m assigned to educate, I would likely beat them viciously and not stop until they are immobilized.
    In an era of ever present fear, which in my opinion is mostly concocted by the government (as we all know a scared people are a more manageable brood) in order to control and finagle policy these methods are not only useless as in every case the gunman typically kills his share and then takes his own life, but also when their is no prior warning that such drills are to take place, this is simply social engineering manifested to indoctrinate the next generation.
    Like I said, I’m sure your will is good, and obviously your division and those like it are necessary, but to impose fear on a society who simply want to ‘live happily ever after’ is a bit shameful, not on your behalf, but whomever is pulling the strings to set up such techniques all because a few isolated incidents.
    John Giduck may be highly admirable personally, but he who warrants patrolling our nations schools with semi-automatic weapons is a fear mongerer, this is not warfare, it is everyday life, he should bite his tongue.
    These methods do nothing to solve the problem either, it’s like trimming the follicle rather than attacking the root… how many of these ‘shooters’ are prescribed psychotropic medication by an industry who seeks to inundate every single child, by a country whom proposes adding lithium to the water supply in order to calm the masses due to the fear imposed on them by the lame-stream media?
    My solution to your conundrum, rent out unoccupied space, with actors and such to role-play your various situations, this would save the public from waking up in cold sweats due to nightmares carved in their psyche by such incidents, or forever being fearful of their friends and neighbors…
    2nd question: how many of these drills are aimed at patriotic individuals and so-called ‘lone wolves’?
    Me myself and I only seek to better this country and make sure those who put profit over people to the extent that they destroy our nation and culture are held accountable for their actions in a civil manner.
    Thanks again Captain Camacho, I value these conversations, and its a shame you remain anonymous so a response is unlikely, I would’ve liked to hear further from your side of the story.
    Luck and prosperity to you and yours.

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