Friday, January 13, 2006
Under the category of "truth stranger than fiction..."
The principal at my kids' school is a woman who can only be described as the female version of Seymour Skinner.
She's had many whacky, anti-fun initiatives over the years, including a (failed) attempt to level a toboganning hill as a safety hazard.
Her latest campaign is against Krazy Karpets, the ubiquitous mini-tobogans loved by Canadian children everywhere.
It seems our principal doesn't approve of the name. Therefore and henceforth, during school hours all neighbourhood children are required to refer to the plastic sheets as....
I kid you not. No, I'm not making this up.
It is difficult to fathom the kind of anti-fun brain that would come up with something like that.
posted by Mentok @ 9:58 AM,
- At 11:13 AM, sabatkes said...
You have got to be kidding! Are you sure? Is she Krazy or something?
- At 5:17 AM, NL-ExPatriate said...
Not buying it MTMT.
Just sounds a little bit to crazy!
- At 7:43 AM, A. B. Chairiet said...
i dread the day baby-bot goes to school. i hate grown-ups...
- At 9:31 AM, said...
A shout out to you for spreading the sheer nonsense of the Karpet reworking. Note to all non-believers: check out Ron Petrie's Tuesday column from last week in the Regina Leader-Post (it's a 7-day archive, so hurry!), in which he lambastes the new moniker, in a diatribe most befitting its idiocy. Teachers in the school are circulating a photocopy of the article (I saw it on a teacher's desk, in plain sight), no doubt to come together in solidarity and laughter.
And the hill? Hate to tell you, Mentok, but word is she's planning to have it razed this year. She can say what she wants, but I've heard that from more than 10 different people.
Something must be done, I say: something swift, something meaningful, something with teeth and guts.
(Note: I find it particularly interesting that, at 3:31 p.m. each schoolday, the "hill" (actually, a mere bump on the playground, and hardly a real hill) is full of "ruggers" giggling and sliding. If said principal metes out uber-punishment out of concern for kids' safety, why then does her "caring" end abruptly at the bell? These are the same kids she prevents from going near the hill all day, yet I've seen her walk past the hill to her car and completely ignore the hill antics.
Thoughts? Sympathy? Guerilla tactics?