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Overreaction, Overkill, and Hysteria in 21st Century Amerika

There is so much hysteria and overreaction to events in today’s America, to shootings and just someone merely making comments, I don’t know where to begin.

In response to the latest school shooting, this time in Sante Fe, Texas, there are more school lockdowns and disruptions for no good reason.

In the old days, when there was a bomb scare or false fire alarm in school, we all went outside to stand out there, the police and/or fire department searched the school, and when they gave the all clear we all went back in. No panic. No hysteria.

And I have mentioned in the past that also in the old days kids had guns and brought them to school, for show-and-tell, to carry with them, put in their cars (if they had a car), or whatever. And no one thought anything of it. No big deal. And there were no school shootings! But things have changed since the good old days.

Could it be the psychiatric drugs, as I have observed many times now? The reason that many people don’t know that most of these mass shooters have been on those psychiatric drugs (antidepressants, anti-anxiety, etc.) is because the mainstream media don’t report those aspects of those stories, because some of their big sponsors are the pharmaceutical companies.

Besides the psychiatric drugs, could it be the irrational culture of the government schools? The anti-boy government teachers?

Anyway, just this week, there are hysterical things going on now, because of the epidemic of irrationality in the schools and elsewhere.

In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, “Wilson Middle School in Cedar Rapids went into a full lockdown as students huddled in corners and teachers blocked doors,” according to KCRG.

What happened? KCRG reports that “it turned out to be nothing more than an unsubstantiated rumor according to a letter the school district sent to parents.” Neither the article nor the included news video explains what the rumor was. But the whole school day was interrupted, and parents came to get their kids, obviously disrupting the parents’ workday.

In Lewiston, Maine, a high school was placed in lockdown because an adult reported hearing two teens say some “disturbing things,” according to WGME.

You know, I could write a book on all the “disturbing things” I heard other students say while I was in high school. But there were no lockdowns, and people didn’t overreact to things.

“Lewiston police advised putting the high school on lockdown, after an adult came forward saying they heard part of a conversation from two young people off campus, saying things that could be interpreted as a threat.” (Great news-writers these days, with the mixing of singular and plural pronouns, as Becky Akers might say.)

But exactly what were those “disturbing things” uttered?

Right now, investigators are trying to identify and locate the teens, so they can figure out exactly what they were talking about.

Police say it could be something as simple as two teens talking about Friday’s deadly school shooting in Texas.

“But given the climate of today’s world and the school being hyper vigilant, and they should be, we want to protect our students,” St. Pierre said. “We want to protect the staff.”

Police say the witness heard no direct threats toward anyone at the high school, so they lifted the lockdown by noon

“But given the climate of today’s world…” You mean the climate of hysteria and irrationality?

“No direct threats…” Doh!

In Coweta County, Georgia, “a man with a gun was seen walking near the high school,” so they had to be put on lockdown, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. (Maybe it was a police officer on patrol?) I thought Georgia was a big gun-rights, gun-loving state. Why are they so frightened of a man with a gun?

We never had a “lockdown” when I was in school. But that was when people were less irrational and hysterical, and there was more common sense back then.

But besides the hysterical school sheeple, the hysteria and overreaction is also occurring in the # “Me Too” movement. Fragile snowflakes are now complaining against innocent people just for making some dumb remark, or some other imagined “offense.”

For instance, a female former Boston Globe employee has openly complained against Globe editor Brian McGrory, nephew of the late newspaper journalist Mary McGrory (not that that means anything).

The former Globe employee, Hilary Sargent, accuses Brian McGrory of sending her a “sext-type text.”

“People are struggling to make sense out of what happened, how serious it is and what the Globe should do about it,” said Northeastern University journalism professor Dan Kennedy, according to WGBH.

And what exactly are people hysterically “struggling to make sense out of”?

The alleged text conversation was as follows:

Former Globe employee: I can only write within a draft.

McGrory: Meaning?

Former Globe employee: I imagine there are people who can sit down and with enough time just write something

But I need a draft and then a day and then I’ll add something and then a day and so on

I need time but only time if i start with a draft

McGrory: Got it. What do you generally wear when you write?

Former Globe employee: Seriously?

McGrory: Well, not entirely.

Former Globe employee: Well I don’t generally write.

McGrory: Oh.

Huh? What the hell is she saying, “a draft and a day and time” I guess she needs more time to work on her writing?

And after his dumb comment, “What do you generally wear when you write?” she writes, “Seriously?” and he responds by saying “Well, not entirely,” i.e. “I’m just kidding around, being facetious, etc,” is my interpretation. Am I alone in that? You know, an innocent yet perhaps moronic remark.

So that stupid little text thing, which isn’t “sexting,” by the way, is causing all the commotion at the Boston Globe and other media. And for no good reason, because now all the real harassers in the news have reinforced hysterical society’s overreaction to every little thing a male person might say or write.

Another example is a Harvard economics professor, Roland Fryer Jr, who is “alleged to have discussed sex often at work, sexualized female workers, and created a demeaning workplace, according to the Globe. However,

Some EdLabs workers said that while Fryer was a demanding boss, they disputed complaints that the environment was toxic or demeaning.

Tanaya Devi, who is earning her doctoral degree in economics at Harvard and has worked with Fryer for five years, said she never witnessed any conversations that were misogynistic, or verbally sexually harassing.

Devi, who is coauthoring two papers with Fryer, said he has been supportive and has encouraged her interest in race and crime, a topic that few female economists pursue.

I have a feeling the accuser just may be an overly fragile snowflake who has been conditioned to overreact to every little thing, every little word someone might say.

So, we now live in a hysterical society. Can that be reversed, please?

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