State assumes itself to be best father

OTTAWA – Jessie Sansone and his family are reeling after he was arrested and strip searched by police after his four-year-old daughter drew a picture of a man with a gun in her Kitchener, Ont., kindergarten class.

The 26-year-old father of four said Saturday the sketch was supposed to be him, getting the bad guys and monsters.

The school must have thought differently, as after Nevaeh drew it Wednesday, the school contacted Family and Children’s Services and they called police.

Waterloo Police met Sansone at the school when he tried to pick up his kids he was told he was charged with possession of a firearm. He was then handcuffed and put him in one of the several squad cars waiting outside, he said.

This is not co-parenting. It is taking over. And progressive educators used to be quite open about it. While Dalton McGuinty and his education minister backed the strip-search school board in typically weasely language, John Dewey’s 1916 Democracy and Education frankly hoped “we may produce in schools a projection of the type of the society we should like to realize, and by forming minds in accord with it gradually modify the larger and more recalcitrant features of adult society.”

Future U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, while president of Princeton University, said a liberal education aimed “to make a person as unlike his father as possible.” And George Bernard Shaw, tireless and witty popularizer of left-wing ideas, declared bluntly in The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Socialism: “For nine mortal years the child is taken out of its parents’ hands for most of the day, and thus made a state school child instead of a private family child…”

This aggressive substitution of state for parent violates the UN Declaration of Human Rights, specifically Article 26(3): “Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.” But as Thomas Sowell wrote about “death education” and other perverse social conditioning in schools: “The real issue is: Whose children are these?”

KITCHENER, ONT. – The Sansone family is not getting any apologies after they were put through hell by school officials, social workers and police last week.

And, the smoking gun — a child’s drawing that triggered the whole thing — will never be seen.

“I am really sorry that the family is as upset as they are, but we followed proper standards and procedures,” said Alison Scott, executive director of Family and Child Services for the Waterloo Region.

She told QMI Agency if the same situation happened again tomorrow, her organization would do the exact same thing over again.

“I do not see any need for our agency to apologize for fulfilling our mandated responsibility,” Scott said.

The drawing that startled the teacher, who started the domino effect, has vanished.

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