About 150 high school students walked out of class to protest a decision
to put a teacher on leave while they investigate remarks he made about President
Bush in class, including that some people compare Bush to Adolf Hitler.
But wait ... that's not the most galling part of this story. Further down
Sophomore Sean Allen recorded about 20 minutes of Bennish's class during
a Feb. 1 discussion about Bush's State of the Union speech and gave the recording
to his father, who complained to the principal, Amole said.
Hang on, what? This kid recorded his teacher and then snitched on him?
Let's see, where have I heard this before? Oh
yeah, now I remember...
'You're a traitor!' yelled the boy. 'You're a thought-criminal! You're a
Eurasian spy! I'll shoot you, I'll vaporize you, I'll send you to the salt
Suddenly they were both leaping round him, shouting 'Traitor!' and 'Thought-criminal!'
the little girl imitating her brother in every movement. It was somehow slightly
frightening, like the gambolling of tiger cubs which will soon grow up into
man-eaters. There was a sort of calculating ferocity in the boy's eye, a quite
evident desire to hit or kick Winston and a consciousness of being very nearly
big enough to do so. It was a good job it was not a real pistol he was holding,
Mrs Parsons' eyes flitted nervously from Winston to the children, and back
again. In the better light of the living-room he noticed with interest that
there actually was dust in the creases of her face.
'They do get so noisy,' she said. 'They're disappointed because they couldn't
go to see the hanging, that's what it is. I'm too busy to take them. and Tom
won't be back from work in time.'
In other news, check out this from John
Gilliom at The Gadflyer:
On a sleepy college campus in the hills of Southern Ohio, a student parks
his bike. On the bike is a bumper sticker for the band "This Bike is
a Pipe Bomb." The bumper sticker had been on the bike for a long time,
traveling America. But today, the police freak out, close buildings, cancel
classes, and shut down the area. They summon the Bomb Squad from the big city
some 70 miles away. The student arrives at his bike and explains the misunderstanding.
The police confirm his story by destroying his bike with big power tools.
They arrest him. A University official calls the response "appropriate".
Gives you faith, don't it?
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