When 28 senior high school students hazed their friends with paint and
feces, were they Terrorists? Did the Beast of Terror rule over
them with the same force it does a suicide bomber?
Can binary thinking explain the dangers of assuming Terrorism isn't
within the reach of all? Find out.
14, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 609
The Binary Nature Of Terrorism--High
School Terrorists Rule
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZER0, NEW YORK, NY--The binary system is
composed of "0's" and "1's," a simple code of black and white, right
and wrong, good and bad. It deals with the extremes and not the
middle. You are either a round peg or a square hole.
There is not gray area.
This brings to question the actions
of 32 high school seniors, 28 girls and four boys, suspended this week
from Glenbrook North High School in Glenview, Ill for participating in
a brutal hazing of junior class girls that resulted in five girls
injured seriously enough to require medical attention. The
hazing, conducted off campus, included hitting the girls, rubbing
feces and paint on them, and forcing those who tried to leave to
A bucket flies
through the air in this amateur video of the brutal hazing
Criminal assault charges are being considered by the Cook County
District Attorney's office in addition to the 10-day suspension levied
by the school. Cases of beer were present at the hazing,
and there is a rumor that it was supplied by a few of the parents, but
that has not yet been confirmed.
showing upper classmen attacking lower classmen
event started out as a "powder puff" football game, girls against
girls, and escalated into a war in which the Beast of Terror rose to
the surface, and any sense of civilized behavior was cast aside.
Unfortunately for the senior girls, the event was videotaped and is
now part of the evidence against them.
Two girls have appealed the suspension.
Since the students acted off campus, a hearing is scheduled for today
to rule on the legality of the suspension.
Board of the Northfield Township meets to discuss disciplinary
From a binary point
of view, there is no gray area. The girls who assaulted the
unsuspecting juniors were Terrorists. If Terrorism is
defined as inflicting Fear, Intimidation and Complacency into its
victims, the videotape, played heavily on major network television,
reveals the brutality and disrespect for human dignity not unlike
Al-Jazeera's videos did the American P.O.W's back in March after their
The attack on the junior girls, while not
deadly, can also be butted against the recent bombing of an American
compound in Saudi Arabia. While the attack killed seven
Americans, it also sent shock waves through those who were attempting
to feel secure. They know a suicide bomber lurks
just around the corner--the question is where and when?
The Beast of
Terror can explode from the depths of the ocean and take us by
Underestimating the attacks upon the junior high school girls by the
seniors as a "gag" that went out of control is a mollification of the
Beast of Terror's grip on all humans. Given a
certain set of conditions and circumstances, the high school attack
symbolizes the thin line in the binary function of "0" vs. "1."
It reminds us that the Beast of Terror can rise up like a pilot whale
exploding from the depths of the ocean, tons of its blubber suspended
effortlessly as though gravity did not exist, and take all by
Terrorism is all about
known High School Hazing incident was in 1905
Often, the most surprised are the people who issue it.
I'm sure there are many senior girls who went to the "powder puff"
game with no intent to rub feces or paint on underlings, or to hit or
kick them, or to humiliate them to such a point that their dignity as
people dissolved in the melee of madness.
Such mendacity is not usually
planned. Often, it is triggered, as many Germans claim
during World War II when the population was swept up in Hitler's
frenetic Nazism. Recently, we saw this polarity when hawks
berated doves regarding Complacency over the war in Iraq. The
binary thought was met with doves castigating hawks as ruthless,
blood-hungry capitalistic killers. There was no middle ground.
Black was white, white was black. No gray.
There is no
the recent change of command of U.S. overseers has resulted in a
"shoot to kill" policy against looters. Looting now means
death, or the danger of it. The new overseer has removed
the gray area of negotiating peace in the aftermath of war.
Which brings us back to the 28 young
girls who switched from civilized inductors to Terrorist torturers.
Everyone is trying to figure
out why? What formula drove the girls to demean their
associates with brutal, horrible actions that sent five to the
hospital and now has shined the spotlight on them as "criminals?"
Binary Terrorism is my answer.
And the solution is Binary
In the final reduction of all
matter to its basic elements, we are left with only two forces that
hold the world together, that create existence as we know it.
These are the Plus and the Minus, the Positive and the Negative
charges that spin about in orbits around every molecule, serving as
the glue that binds all things
nothing more than another form of Complacency
Technologically, it is represented by "O" vs "1,"--and a wide variety
of combinations of these "0's" and "1's" result in the arrangement of
the universe. It also applies to our thinking.
Either we are for or against something. There is no
such thing as no opinion, just as there is no such thing as
"coasting." When one claims neutrality on an issue, he or
she is simply refusing to accept the forces of nature.
Neutrality means "coasting," and the only way one can coast is
downhill. In other words, "neutrality" is nothing more than
another form of Complacency, and Complacency is Terrorism's greatest
weapon for it allows one to "think" he or she can put down the guards
and not participate.
Those who stood by
and watched Hitler rise to power were not neutral. The
employee who watches executives rip off stockholders and says "that's
not my business" is not in any safe zone. One can be
guilty by association, if one is aware of a choice and refuses to act
to protect those who might be harmed.
the girls who participated in the hazing events had a choice of
walking away, or, of stopping the actions. Even if they
stood by and didn't pick up any feces or hit any other the tortured
victims, the inaction was an action. It was an action of
Complacency, a movement toward the Minus and away from the Plus, a
choice to take the "!" over the "O."
our headlines scream out for justice over behavior such as that
exhibited by the high school girls in Illinois, we need to take our
masks off and look at what was happening. The Beast
of Terror ruled that moment.
became the Beast of Terror.
became the Beast of Terror
They were Terrorists of an equal nature to those who bombed the World
Trade Center, to those who strap on suicide bombs and board buses, to
those who attempt to use the power of Fear, Intimidation and
Complacency to inflict pain--emotional and physical--upon their
victims. They lose their humanity.
will say that such a label as Terrorist attached to the girl's
behavior is too harsh. But is it? The victims
of the assault may argue that they feared for their lives.
Eating or having fecal material shoved in your mouth could impose a
life-threatening situation if the bacteria were to surge through the
body of one with low immunosuppression.
allergic to paint might have convulsed and died.
there is the emotional horror. Friends, or
seeming-to-be friends, turned into animals, hitting, berating,
attacking all to the lens of a video camera.
case of the high school students reminds us all that we must be
Vigilant at all times. If we relax our Vigilance, the
Beast of Terror can rise to the surface, explode into a melee of anger
Couples, who seem to be perfect, can suddenly turn on one another and
say things they regret, hurtful cruel words that act as spears in the
The Beast of
Terror can erupt and disturb the family
Parents can brush away a child's need for a hug or love because he or
she is too busy, not giving consideration that such an act to a child
might be taken the same as rubbing feces on his or her face, or
kicking the child.
more than a responsibility in today's world, it is a duty. It is
the duty of the Parents of Vigilance to become trained experts on
quelling the Beast of Terror. When a Parent of Vigilance
accepts the fact the Beast of Terror is within us all, sometimes more
dormant than others, he or she will expect the unexpected.
Parent will train a child to manage his or her Beast of Terror by
pulling up Courage to fight Fear, Conviction to quash Intimidation,
and Right Actions for the future of the Children's Children's Children
to keep Complacency in check.
none of these Shields of Vigilance were present at the hazing event.
Had the girls
been Children of Vigilance, they would have recognized the Beast of
Terror's hunger to inflict Fear, Intimidation and Complacency.
They would have asked: "Is physically abusing these girls with
paint, feces and hitting them a benefit to future generations, or does
it retard the evolution of human dignity?"
complicate morality and ethics in so many degrees of "rights" and
"wrongs" that it makes us think we have a multiple amount of choices
in our actions. It makes us think, "What can we get
away with? How far can we go without crossing the line?"
draws the line.
Thinking is incorporated in Sentinel of Vigilance Training
An act is either one of Vigilance or Terrorism.
If the act benefits
the future, and is taken with Courage and Conviction, then it is a
But, if the act
serves selfish needs, sating the desire of only the person and has no
consideration to its import on others, it is an Act of Terrorism.
And, if it produces Fear, Intimidation and Complacency, it is without
doubt gravitas in nature, pulling human dignity and self respect down
into the Beast of Terror's lair.
Were I to eke out
the punishment for the 28 girls and four boys, I would insist they
undergo Sentinel of Vigilance Training. I would
require them to learn Binary Thinking, and to see the world in two
spotlights--that of Acts of Vigilance and that of Acts of Terrorism.
While no one
can guarantee the results of anyone's actions, I would be inclined to
propose that a number of the 32 would learn from their mistakes.
Each of them
has no doubt of their Beast of Terror. It is trapped on
the head of an unidentified student - the result of an Act of
Terrorism by a student(s) untrained in Binary Thinking
Now, perhaps the Fear,
Intimidation and Complacency of being a Beast of Terror might motivate
them to become its opposite--a Sentinel of Vigilance.
the high school students, their parents, and all school administrators
take the Sentinel of Vigilance Training, sign the Pledge of Vigilance,
and vow to be ever watchful for the Beast's rise from within.
You can pass your own judgment. Take the Pledge of
Vigilance today, because the Beast of Terror already has your
signature on his Pledge of Terror.
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