Do I need to Call Mr. Johnson?
cry to defund the police has got me to thinking. The idea I have heard is to replace police
with less violent, psychology trained counselors to reason with offenders of
various laws and general rules of polite public conduct.
officers, it seems are too quick to stop criminal behavior with their guns
drawn. When the police overact
bad things happen. People revolt, stores
are burned down and neighborhoods are closed. Not good.
psychology trained counselors be able to do the job without violence? I doubt it.
I have a solution
from my grade school experience 65 years ago.
Now I did
not go to school in a particularly tough neighborhood. We had our lunch money bandits, our class
skipping delinquents and a few nose-bloodying bullies, but it was no
Compton. Still there were troublemakers.
no police in our schools, no strong-armed teachers, no special disciplinary
personnel, there was Mr. Johnson.
an ex-marine, was our custodian. He was
not highly trained, he was not highly skilled, but he was well liked by
everyone and when need be, he was feared.
student was acting up the teacher in charge would ask, “Do I need to call
End of acting
was a fight, Mr. Johnson was there to break it up. Two students held off the ground by their
collars by Mr. Johnson quickly decided to shake hands and be friends.
of Mr. Johnson dragging your butt to the principal’s office was enough to make
most students think twice about their behavior.
I have since
learned that ours was not the only school with a Mr. Johnson. Most schools in the 60’s had a Mr. Johnson.
and overworked, the Mr. Johnsons of the 60’s did not put up with annoying
students who did not know how to behave.
The Mr. Johnsons did not have the time or patience. They did have the street smarts and military
discipline to stop punk kids quickly and without violence.
was well liked and yet at the same time feared by all. Maybe if we defund the police, they should be
replaced by old school custodians. Men
who would literally keep the streets and troublemakers clean.
These days criminals do not fear the police. The
police are afraid of a Police Brutality accusation. The police don’t want to lose their job. The
police often find their hands tied dealing with crime, every arrest is subject
to an investigation.
Johnson doesn’t worry as much about his job or pension, it’s not that great, and
there is no such thing as a “Custodian Brutality” charge.
are hero’s when they stand up to the police, but they are assholes if they mess
with a Mr. Johnson.
Break into a
house, rob a store, hijack a car…
have to call Mr. Johnson?”