Could you give me one quote from the letter that supports Stef's assertion of teacher brutality?
There are four school employees mentioned in the letter. The first is the actual teacher, who, when the student asked if he could write an essay on legalization, said that he'd have to clear with with the Gestapo ... uh, the administration.
Second, the Assistant Principal, representative of said administration, is informed. We do not know what he did, but considering what happens next, we can guess.
Next, we find a "counselor" coming to class to extract the offender ... uh, student. When the student asks a simple question seeking an explanation, he is given no answer. (Police are trained, by the way, to use the same technique with detainees. Prompt them to ask questions, refuse to answer them while giving instructions. It is, literally, a textbook method of subduing a detainee's desire to resist, by asserting dominance and authority through information control.)
Finally, we get to the nurse, who is main villain, although the person in a school with the least clout and discretion. But this underling in the school administration hierarchy ends up being the primary abuser here. One of the perks of rank is not getting involved in the administration of violence. She, being the lowest ranked official, then makes accusations with no evidence, uses a generally demeaning way of communicating, and lies about having talked to other students, as a way to extract an admission of guilt. (Interrogators are trained, by the way, to use the same technique with subjects. Lying about what other subjects have said is, literally, a textbook method of manipulating people into admitting to guilty behavior.)
These behaviors are all abusive. They also work in conjunction -- the classroom teacher is merely the front-line informer who sets the whole chain in motion.
I'm talking about the kind of willing productive debate of ideas you
allude to in the sciences, not just bickering arguments. Since your
profession and teaching are both under the tyranny of the state, don't
you think teachers could be in the same financial boat, but willing, as
you are, to listen to philosophical principles?
No. Teachers are hired, paid and promoted according to their success at harming children. I have a different set of economic pressures.
"The state calls its own violence law, but that of the individual crime."
-- Max Stirner