In case anyone in the Second Amendment community needs a reminder, teachers at your child’s public school are not your child’s friend. At the end of the day, they are agents of the state, whose first duty is to the state and not to supporting your rights and freedoms as a parent or an American. This horrifying story of what happened to a child in Baltimore, due to the State of Maryland’s anti-gun hysteria, illustrates this point very nicely.
Courtney Lancaster’s 11-year-old son is a fifth grader at Seneca Elementary School in Baltimore County. Since Maryland was one of the states that went coo-coo for coronavirus back in March, her son has been attending online classes. Her son’s school has been using Google Meet to conduct classes over the internet. Every student has a webcam on their computer, so they can interact with their teachers during lessons and vice versa.
Then came a knock on Courtney Lancaster’s door one day recently, which most of us probably saw coming. It was the police. They told her there was a safety issue at her son’s school. Could they come in and search the house for weapons?
Without thinking or asking any follow-up questions, Courtney let them in. Let’s pause here for just a moment. I’m not a lawyer. But I’m married to a lady who used to be a lawyer before she gave that up to become a pistol-packin’ stay-at-home mom. Whenever the police come a-knockin’ at your door, you do not have to immediately comply with their every wish. In fact, there’s a rule against that. The police may or may not pull the “I’m suspicious” or “There’s an imminent danger” argument on you, but it’s okay to ask to see a warrant and refuse entry to them if they don’t have a warrant. (If they’re knocking, that’s often a clue that they do not have a warrant.)
The rule is a couple of amendments after the Second Amendment. In Courtney Lancaster’s situation, it would have been perfectly fine to ask the police officers questions – such as, “Why does my home need to be searched over a safety issue at my son’s school, which is currently closed?”
If you just allow the police into your house, you get the whole kit and kaboodle with it. Anything they find in your house can and will be used against you in a court of law. Also, it’s important to remember that the police are under no obligation to tell you the truth. They may be lying to you about one thing, just so they can gain access to your home to do something else. They’re allowed to lie to you, while you are not allowed to lie to them. Which is why you should say as little as possible to the police during any encounter, while exercising your rights.
Anyway, Courtney Lancaster gave consent to the police to search her home. She knew that she didn’t have any weapons in the house. It’s like that old neocon logic about “fighting terrorism.” If you’re not guilty and have nothing to hide, then why won’t you let the Department of Homeland Security set up a camera in your bathroom to watch for terrorists?
But the police didn’t search her home. That was a lie. They went straight to her 11-year-old son’s bedroom and terrified him, because he has a BB gun, an airsoft gun and his bow and arrow set hanging on his wall. He’s working on his Eagle Scout badges by learning to shoot these common implements of boyhood. His teacher at school had seen the “weapons” on the boy’s webcam during class, and immediately called the cops.
The teacher did not call the boy’s parents. Her first instinct was to call her fellow officers of the state – the police – to take action!
The school’s principal is, of course, siding with the teacher for calling the cops on an 11-year-old boy because of something she thought she saw in his bedroom behind him. The principal told Courtney Lancaster that bringing “weapons” to a virtual class over the internet is “just as dangerous” as bringing a real gun to school.
Since there weren’t any actual laws broken, the police left and didn’t arrest the boy. They didn’t even confiscate his “dangerous weapons,” thankfully. She’s lucky the Maryland child kidnapping services didn’t get involved and remove the boy from his home. If your kids are taking online classes, please keep this story in mind.
If you set up a webcam for your child’s classes, it’s no different than allowing Child Protective Services to come in and look for grievances or excuses. They’re all on the same team, and that team is not necessarily there for you.
You can’t really blame the police, though, right? It’s not like there were any real crimes or looting taking place in Baltimore County when they were hassling an 11-year-old in his bedroom.