Would a Common Core-Educated Student Know When His Rights Have been Violated?

A Heritage Academy graduate recently stated:  "When the people are uneducated, then their rights can easily be taken away from them."  See Common Core vs. Heritage Academy’s Standards.  

What would a Common Core-educated student do in the following scenario?  Common Core’s curriculum focuses heavily on America’s history of racial tension, segregation, oppression, slavery, and inequality.  Would this Common Core-educated student have been taught that, because of the wisdom of the Founders of this country, he or she, as an American, has rights that set him apart from virtually every other human being on earth?   Would this student know that the Bill of Rights applies to all American citizens equally

Here’s your American history lesson:  Henderson, Nevada police arrested a family for refusing to let officers use their homes as lookouts for a domestic violence investigation of their neighbors, a family claims in court.  The lawsuit against the City of Henderson, its Police Chief, and several police officers and others, alleges that the police officers forcibly "took up residence" in the home, without a warrant and without the consent of the homeowner.  Police did this after making several attempts to obtain the homeowner’s permission.  He steadfastly refused to give permission.

The officers then, according to the suit, broke down the door, pepper sprayed the homeowner and the homeowner’s frightened, cowering dog.  They also involved the homeowner’s elderly parents who lived down the street.  They treated all of their victims roughly, yelled obscenities at them, and arrested them for "obstructing a police officer."  

"The Mitchells seek punitive damages for violations of the third, fourth and 14th Amendments, assault and battery, conspiracy, defamation, abuse of process, malicious prosecution, negligence and emotional distress."

Here are two news reports about this:  Courthouse News Service and Family Allegedly Forced from Home by Police file rare Third Amendment Suit.  

So, were the police within their rights?  Or were they exerting powers more commonly seen in a tyrannical police state?    

Here is the wording of three Amendments to the U. S. Constitution.   (The Bill of Rights includes Amendments One through Ten)

Amendment III:  No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment IV:  The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized

Amendment XIV:  Section 1.  All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.  No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.  

Leave a Reply