1957 vs 2013 Sad but True - from Gwen Moore Curry

Scenario 1:
Jack goes quail hunting before school and then pulls in the school parking lot with his shotgun on his truck's gun rack...


1957 - Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack's shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show to Jack.

2013 - School goes into lock down, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.

Scenario 2:
Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.

1957 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.

2013 - Police called and SWAT team arrives -- they arrest both Johnny and Mark. They are both charged with assault and both expelled even though Johnny started it. They are also required to attend six weeks of anger management therapy.

Scenario 3:
Jeffrey will not be still in class, he disrupts other students.


1957 - Jeffrey sent to Principals office and given a good paddling by the principal. He then returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt the class.

2013 - Jeffrey is given huge doses of Ritalin. He becomes a zombie. He is then tested for ADD. The family gets extra money (SSI) from the government because Jeffrey has a disability.

Scenario 4:
Billy breaks a window in his neighbor's car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt.

1957 - Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college and becomes a successful businessman.

2013 - Billy's dad is arrested for child abuse, Billy is removed to foster care and joins a gang The state psychologist is told by Billy's sister that she remembers being abused and their dad goes to prison.

Scenario 5:
Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.


1957 - Mark shares his aspirin with the Principal out on the smoking dock.

2013 - The police are called and Mark is expelled fom school for drug violations. His car is then searched for drugs and weapons.

Scenario 6:
Pedro fails high school English.


1957 - Pedro goes to summer school, passes English and goes to College.

2013 - Pedro's cause is taken up by the state. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against the state school system and Pedro's English teacher. English is then banned from the core curriculum. Pedro is given his diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot read or write English.

Scenario 7:
Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the 4th of July, puts them in model airplane paint bottles and blows up a red ant bed.


1957 - Ants die.

2013 - ATF, Homeland Security, and the FBI are all called. Johnny is charged with domestic terrorism. The FBI investigates his parents, all siblings are removed from their home, and all computers are confiscated.

Scenario 8:
Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him.


1957 - In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.

2013 - Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job.She faces 3 year in State Prison. Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy.