Gut Rumbles

March 25, 2005

at least she didn't have a gun

Here's a story that illustrates stupidity over nothing. A kid catches a school principal smoking on school grounds, takes her picture and posts it on his web site. For that terroristic act, he is suspended.

Whatta bunch of bullshit.

When I was in high school, every time the door to the Teacher's Lounge opened, thick coils of cigarette smoke came boiling out into the hallway. I didn't see anybody dropping dead there. Students were allowed to smoke during lunch, as long as they went to "the smoking tree" on the far side of the football practice field.

If you received detention for showing your ass in school, the typical punishment was to be handed an empty King Edward cigar box and sent to the "smoking tree." You picked up cigarette butts until the box was full. It was mind-numbing, disgusting punishment and it discouraged ME from showing my ass again.

But now tobacco is radioactive, smoking is akin to child molestation and a web site can get you into a whole lot of trouble. Shit. I was graduated from high school in 1970 and the only thing students worried about then were getting laid and staying your ass out of Vietnam if you could. Yeah, and some of the "cigarette butts" you found under the smoking tree weren't rolled out of tobacco. The music was pretty radical, too.

But I'll be damned if those weren't saner times than we live in now.

Political Correctness wasn't around yet. Tobacco wasn't radioactive. People weren't nearly as stupid back then. 35 years later, we have REGRESSED to the point where teachers don't smoke (but they don't TEACH, either), students don't smoke (but they don't LEARN, either) and The Powers That Be use Zero Tolerance instead of common sense when faced with a discipline problem. What amazing progress we have made.

If we keep going in this direction, we'll have no spirit left in this country. We'll all be just like THX 1138--- broken on the wheel of government and political correctness, incapable of having an independent thought. WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG with a teacher having a cigarette? It ain't like the woman was smoking crack, and it ain't as if she were waving a loaded gun around (guns are radioactive today, too.).

We are slowly but surely being absorbed by the brain-suckers of the Borg collective. Resistance is futile. You WILL be assimilated.

Well, maybe YOU will... but I WON'T.


Not enough money in the world for me to be a teacher. I can just imagine this little smart ass bragging to all his buddies about how he took down the principal. My dad would have given the principal another pack of smokes and beat my ass for sticking my nose into other peoples buisness. I would have deserved it.

Posted by: James Old Guy on March 25, 2005 10:36 AM

While I don't particularly see anything wrong with a school principal having a smoke on school grounds, I don't see anything wrong with what the kid did either. Smoking IS against the rules (and here, at least, tobacco on school grounds is a crime, not just against school rules), and I see no reason why the kid shouldn't turn in rule violations -- or make them public.

The problem is in the rule itself, not in the kid's publicizing the rule breaking.

Posted by: Robin S. on March 25, 2005 10:49 AM

Resistance is futile. Indeed.

When is this shit gonna stop?

Posted by: Elisson on March 25, 2005 10:55 AM

I agree w/ ROBIN. The rule is wacked. The kid has a web site. Its his. Not theirs. 1st ammendment. Fuck them. "Here, kid. Gimme that evil cigarette....Here, have some free rubbers."

Posted by: DONGER on March 25, 2005 11:00 AM

1970! You are an old fuck! But yes, I got my smoking permit in 1976 and was well familiar with that little corner by the "Smoking Tree."
I got in trouble a few months ago. Seems you can't smoke within 500 feet of a school building anymore.
I quit two months ago, but shit like this makes me want to pick it up again, or at least find a good "dipped" cigar!

Posted by: Ed on March 25, 2005 11:16 AM

Dang it, Rob, WHERE is this kids website? I want to see the photo!

They call this JOURNALISM? Hell!

The Principal broke state law. Tough cookies. Maybe she oughtta call her congressman to get it changed.

Posted by: robert on March 25, 2005 11:43 AM

This chaos comes from the mistaken notion that American democracy means an opportunity to shape society via government force.

This notion is exactly wrong. To use government power to codify one's (no matter how many ones are involved) personal values into law is tyranny, a term the founders knew well and understood better than most of my contemporaries. The purpose of our system was originally to protect the individual rights to life, liberty and property.

I know many Americans despise other people's exercise of liberty, and have convinced themselves they may vote that liberty away without undermining our freedom. They do this by dismissing others' liberty as license.

The chaos of government control will always be worse than the perceived anarchy of liberty. No other nation was founded on the moral principle of liberty. Americans who don't like it have 200 other nations to choose from, all constituted under the authoritarian philosophy so much admired. They should choose one, and stop weakening the United States.

I suppose the money is too good. They don't understand that, given enough time, their political philosophy will impoverish us all.

Posted by: Brett on March 25, 2005 12:31 PM

Here, here, Brett!!!

Posted by: Streak on March 25, 2005 01:28 PM

ROBERT said:

"Dang it, Rob, WHERE is this kids website? I want to see the photo!"

Have a look here.

Posted by: rimfirejones on March 25, 2005 02:07 PM
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