by Steve Sydebotham On Friday, December 2nd, Blade was in an altercation with another boy, with whom he has had trouble with in the past. This other boy threatened Blade with a Locksock, and then lunged at him with it. Blade of course, tried to defend himself. Blade did throw some punches, but only in self defense, and trying to protect himself from a severe beating or potential severe injury. After the altercation was broken up, both Blade and the other boy were written up and placed on lockdown until a hearing were to take place, deciding the appropriate punishment for the offenses. Due to Blade's previous write-ups, there was a strong possibility that he could have been sent to solitary confinement once again, even though he was not the instigator of the above incident. Today I found out that he was not going to be sent to CCU once again, but had some stringent sanctions placed upon him. If Blade gets any more conduct related write-ups, he will be sent back to segregation, and he would have to serve out all previous amount of time that he had been placed before and new time. Blade had been in the CCU until April of 2011, and if had been made to spend the total accrued time he was sent there for, he would have been in Solitary until June of 2013.
I am somewhat relieved,as he was not sent back to solitary this time but also still concerned over Blade, as I find these sanctions unreasonable to say the least. Blade is being held to a standard to that of a normal child, not one who is developmentally disabled. To hold him to this standard, shows a complete lack of understanding and empathy of Blade's emotional afflictions. Also with these sanctions, they are setting him up to fail, not succeed.
With the prisons "No Tolerance" policies, simply raising your fists to defend yourself, can be considered an aggressive act, and of course, subject to write ups and or other punishments. I find that grossly unfair, and simply another way to destroy childrens lives who were never meant to be in the prison system anyway.