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Thursday, January 3, 2013

States Behaving Badly...

Just a couple quick snippets to show that MA isn't alone in stupid things...

Utah school cancels Elvis musical after complaint about nature of song
WEST JORDAN, Utah – Utah school district has cancelled a high school play that uses Elvis Presley's music after a complaint about a sexually suggestive song.
Jordan School District officials announced plans Wednesday to scrap Herriman High School's production of "All Shook Up," saying it could be offensive.
Cue Mormon jokes in 3... 2... 1...

I think it's amazing that, nearly 35 years after the man's death, his songs are still causing controversy. That's one hell of a legacy. There have been many music related outrages - the 2LiveCrew "Me So Horny"; Judas Priest's music allegedly inciting suicide, "F*** the Police"; etc. but it's The King who makes waves more than 50 years after his song was released. "All Shook Up" was released in 1957 - my parents were barely older than my son is now - and it's still in headlines. Pretty amazing!


And, one that's not quite as funny, out of the Old Line State:

First grader suspended for making gun gesture with finger at Maryland school
A 6-year-old boy was suspended from his Maryland elementary school for making a gun gesture with his finger, pointing it at a classmate and saying "pow."
The Washington Post reports the first grader's parents are fighting to remove the disciplinary action, which the school said was due to the child making a "threat" to shoot another student in December, from the child's record.
And there's our friend Zero Tolerance again. Remember, folks, when you hear "Zero Tolerance", replace it with "Zero Brains" and you'll still be correct. The school is claiming that he was warned previously to stop but continued to pretend. So they suspended him for, well, being a six year old. Yep, indoctrinate early and often, else how will you get pliable proles?

It does not bring me pleasure to report that other states are just as stupid as MA...

That is all

Thanks to the BLNN for both these reports, although several other people also sent in the MD story...

7 comments:

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

My City, too, on that 1st Grader. Kid might have told another kid, "I'm gonna get my Daddy's gun and shoot you in the face" too.

Chaplain Tim said...

Just to let you know that the insanity is not exclusive to the coasts, here's one from Iowa.
http://www.dmcityview.com/2012/12/26/rural-caucus-chair-state-should-ban-confiscate-semi-automatic-guns/

Strategy Consulting said...

Most kids nowadays were engaged in violence, more of them were victims and sometimes some were suspects. At their young age, they should be disciplined and taught with right values, and it should start on their home. We should be more aware and open-minded with what's happening on our society today.

BikerDad said...

FYI:

The Show Will Go On. The offending song has been removed and the play will be tweaked slightly, with the permission of the copyright holder.

8Notch said...

One of the more distant kids in the Tennessee family branch was sent to the office and his parents called after he gave the first grade teacher PSH. They were talking about Indians and she showed them several hand signs (I presume "How" was one of them, right?)for talking. Like a dummy, one of the signs she taught them was "shoot". Sure enough she told them to practice their Indian signs while she did something, and like clockwork their was an incident. "Teacher, Atticus made a "shoot" at me! Rectangular Britches Befoulment followed.

dustydog said...

I have no problem with a 6 year old being suspended, IF a teacher goes to jail. At the very least, that has to be contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

If it is not a big enough deal to lock up the adult in charge, then it isn't a big enough deal to suspend a 6-year old over.

Chris said...

Just heard today that the lawyer hired by the parents has had the incident removed from the kid's permanent record.