So they “persuaded” Butler to get in their patrol car and then drove him to the scene of the crime. The husband of the murdered woman positively identified Butler as the black male that shot his wife.

You can learn the details of this pathetic case in the Academy Award-winning movie “Murder on a Sunday Morning.” This is a spoiler alert, so stop reading now if you intend to rent or download the film.

It turns out Butler wasn’t the murderer. A jury acquitted him. The public defender assigned to Butler’s case was convinced that the real killer was out there somewhere, and he found him.

Believe me, when you see the physical difference between the real killer and Butler, your jaw will drop to the floor. So much for the “reliability”of eyewitness testimony.

Trayvon Martin was around the same age – 17 – as Wilmot and Butler. And we all know what happened to him.

So now we have a third element: black, living in Florida, and being a teen.

If you’re a combination of those three, you might want to steer clear of the entire state. It is clearly not black teen-friendly.

School officials in the Bartow district don’t see it that way. They issued some sanctimonious drivel defending what is clearly an over-the-top reaction to the incident, a case of carrying zero tolerance way too far.

“Anytime a student makes a bad choice it is disappointing to us,” the drivel reads. “Unfortunately, the incident that occurred at Bartow High School yesterday was a serious breach of conduct. In order to maintain a safe and orderly learning environment, we simply must uphold our code of conduct rules.”

I’ll stop here to give the people that wrote this nonsense a chance to conduct a reality check. Again: no one was harmed by Wilmot’s experiment. No damage was caused. Not a shred of evidence has been presented to show that Wilmot compromised a “safe and orderly learning environment.”

Earth to Bartow school district officials: you don’t get to redefine reality just so you can expel a student, have her handcuffed, arrested and then charged as an adult with a felony.

Here’s a reality Bartow school district officials need to familiarize themselves with: the statistics show that black students get suspended, expelled and arrested at school far more than their white counterparts, especially for the same offenses.

Got any pithy statements on THAT, Bartow school honchos?

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