Bureaucracy in Action: School Policy Leads to Frostbite for Student

If you’re just following orders, you can’t get in trouble, right? When you’re in the government, if there is a policy imposed by any kind of or central authority, well you’ve got to follow that policy or risk your job. After all, why would we ever need leaders in schools who can make pertinent decisions based on a situation at hand?

This is why central planning works so well, because everything can be predicted, and we just need humans to act as cogs in a machine to carry out the directives handed down to them by someone smarter. It would be dangerous to have a bunch of free thinkers running around who could solve problems on the fly, and take responsibility in situations where someone could get hurt.

And because this is the prevailing philosophy of our day, things like this happen: a fourteen year old girl got frostbite after being forced to stand outside in the cold on a day where temperatures were negative 5 degrees Fahrenheit, only wearing a swimsuit, wet from swimming during gym class, when a fire alarm went off. School policy prevented her from being allowed to retrieve her clothes, sit in a teacher’s car, or walk across the street to seek warmth in the elementary school.

Her problem solving peers, not yet brainwashed by the do-as-you’re-told mentality forced upon children in public schools, decided to huddle around her to keep her warm, possibly preventing more severe frost bite. One rebel educator eventually broke protocol to give the half naked girl his jacket, on a day when the wind chill brought the real feel down to negative 25 degrees.

[Kayona] Hagen-Tietz asked to wait inside an employee’s car, or at the elementary school across the street. But administrators believed that this would violate official policy, and could get the school in trouble, so they opted to simply let the girl freeze…

[Her mother] also noted that she would have been arrested for doing such a thing to her child.

“If I had a fire and brought my children out in that condition, you know, I’m sure I would be charged in some way or another if I didn’t instantly bring them into a neighbor’s house or someplace else,” she said, according to WCCO. “The ultimate goal is to keep them safe and protect your children, and, in this instance, they did a really poor job.”

This is not the exception, this is the rule. Expect more of this going forward, this is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. Most people are just worried about the liability, and it is easier to defend following protocol and letting a student be injured, than breaking with policy and possibly suffering the legal or career consequences of doing what you truly think is right, or would be best for the actual flesh and blood humans in these situations.

As Mel Brooks would say, “We’ve got to protect our phony bologna jobs!”.

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