Ethan Chaplin and Pencil Twirling Madness


Preface by: Lucille Femine, Executive Director for The Liberty Beacon Project

If you still think your children are safe in the public school system, please think again. This has gone beyond logical or sane reasoning. You could call it paranoia but that would be a mild, almost forgiving evaluation compared to where it truly stems from: the individual states who are succumbing to the government’s creeping socialism. And that form of government says your children do not belong to you. You are the custodian for a limited amount of time until the schools can get them into their clutches and mold them into citizens of the state, at their beck and call. They become workers, consumers. The common denominator? Slaves who can’t think an original thought because they were never taught to and suppressed from doing so.

The strongest medium being used for this slavery is Common Core. If you don’t know much about it and you have school-age children, it is your duty to find out. Many states are opting out of this program that is anything but a true education where children learn to thrive and become what they want to be. I strongly suggest you start or join a group of anti-Common Core activists in your state and do what you can before it is too late for your children. Better yet, home school them and join with other parents to do the same. That is not simply to give them a good education; it is to save their lives.

Don’t forget – they are YOUR children. This has gone way beyond far enough.

Here’s the article:

Just when you thought the pop-tart terrorist had set a new record for zero tolerance nonsense, there’s this headline out of New Jersey,

“NJ threatens to take away son after pencil-twirling incident.”

Read it again. Let it sink in. In this age of sensational media stories designed more as click bait rather than in-depth investigations, one might be forgiven for initially dismissing this story as hyperbolic nonsense. Actually, I wish that were the case. The state of New Jersey is threatening to terminate the custodial rights of a parent because his son twirled a pencil once in school.

The initial reaction by school administrators, who are by now hyper vigilant for any object that could be remotely considered a firearm, was to threaten the student, Ethan Chaplin, with suspension. Remember, we live in a time when the parents of a deaf child named Hunter were warned that the sign language symbol for his name resembled a gun. But instead of expelling Ethan from the district and sentencing him to a term in a juvenile detention center, the school sent a letter to Ethan’s father, letting him know the issue would be behind them in short order and that he would not be suspended.

But that was insufficient for the state of New Jersey CPS, who issued a letter to Chaplin’s father, Michael,

“I received a letter from them saying they had found an incident of abuse or neglect regarding Ethan because I refused to take him for psychological evaluation.”

So let’s straighten this out a bit. It is the state’s position that Ethan Chaplin requires psychological evaluation because he twirled a pencil? I twirl things—ink pens, car keys—incessantly. I also fidget, much to the annoyance of my dear wife, who does not like to admit that she shares some of the same habits. Whenever we decide to have children, it’s likely that they’ll fidget or twirl things. Will my wife and I be taken in for child abuse or neglect for failing to adequately address this behavior? I think the worst that could be inferred from Ethan’s pencil twirling is that he was bored.

And evidently, a psychologist to whom Michael took his son agreed. A review found no behavioral problems and no drugs in Ethan Chaplin’s system. But as the Pix11 article says,

“The state, it seems, is ignoring that set of testing, demanding further evaluation and threatening that if Michael doesn’t comply, they will terminate his parental rights and free Ethan up for adoption.”

In short, the state believes pencil twirling to be symptomatic of psychological neglect. It threatens to take the child from the parent. The frightened parent takes the child in for an evaluation, who is found to be normal. The state says that isn’t enough, and that it wants more testing or else they’ll free the child up for adoption. Unless there’s more to the story than Pix11 is reporting, it seems to me that zero tolerance policies have become the ultimate testament to the inverted reality of modern society. When the vast majority of citizens agree that these policies are absurd and ridiculous, the agents who follow and defend said policies ought to be the ones questioning their own sanity.


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