Californians Doug and Catherine Snodgrass are suing their son’s high school for allowing undercover police officers to set up the 17-year-old special-needs student for a drug arrest.Going after regular teenagers is one thing. But going after one with multiple disabilities, someone who probably doesn't know what he's getting into? That's just another level of depravity. How sick are these pigs that they're more than willing to ruin the life of a special-needs student over a victimless crime?
In a video segment on ABC News, they say they were "thrilled" when their son -- who has Asperger's and other disabilities and struggled to make friends -- appeared to have instantly made a friend named Daniel.
“He suddenly had this friend who was texting him around the clock,” Doug Snodgrass told ABC News. His son had just recently enrolled at Chaparral High School.
"Daniel," however, was an undercover cop with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department who " hounded" the teenager to sell him his prescription medication. When he refused, the undercover cop gave him $20 to buy him weed, and he complied -- not realizing the guy he wanted to befriend wanted him behind bars.
In December, the unnamed senior was arrested along with 21 other students from three schools, all charged with crimes related to the two officers' undercover drug operation at two public schools in Temecula, California (Chaparral and Temecula Valley High School).
These "drug busts" are ridiculous to begin with. They only end up arresting people for crimes they otherwise wouldn't have committed had they not been prompted to commit them. This is like handing a person a brick and telling them to hurl it through a store window, and when they do it, arresting them for vandalism. It makes no sense in that context, and it makes no sense in the context of drugs.
It's time we stop pretending that drug prohibition is about protecting the public's health. It's time to see it for what it really is: a money-making racket meant to generate revenue for the state. The more the state arrests people for smoking green, the more "green" the state receives. That's all it really is, and that's all it's ever has been. The drug war and the madness it spawns needs to end!