More nanny state government school idiocy

The depths of disfunction and outright lunacy in government schools know no bounds. The administrators of these hellholes are clearly from another planet – a planet where logic and common sense are totally unknown. How else can you explain this latest story of pure assholery?

A ban on singing “Happy Birthday” lasted all of four days at Chesterfield Elementary School in Missouri after angry parents bombarded the school with complaints.

“Singing is not permitted due to the sensitivity of all student beliefs,” wrote Principal Jodi Davidson in a letter to parents dated August 13.

On August 23 Davidson sent another letter reversing the policy noting that students “are permitted and encouraged to sing the happy birthday song in the classroom.”

However, students will not be permitted to sing the traditional song in the cafeteria and all birthday treats must be individually inspected by the school nurse.

“We have lots of students who celebrate birthdays on the same day and we just didn’t want to have the loud chaos that happens in the cafeteria,” Davidson told KSDK television. “That should be a calming environment so that it’s safe for all students and they can celebrate their birthdays with their classmates and friends.”

Kim Cranston, a spokesperson for the Rockwood School District, told FOX News Radio, the initial ban on the birthday song was meant to protect the students.

You got that? The ban on singing was meant to “protect the students.” Huh? WTF? Protect them from what???

“One of the things that she (Davidson) had explained to me is they always want to be sensitive to all children,” Cranston said. “And there are some children in their school – as there are in many schools – who don’t participate in holiday or birthday celebrations.”

Ah, I see now. We need to protect the children who don’t participate in birthday or holiday celebrations (if we can actually find any) by banning these horrible events for all students. Typical government school logic – or lack thereof.

As for the inspections of the birthday goodies?

“We have to be especially careful with children with allergies,” she said.

While cupcakes and other pre-packaged treats are allowed, the school also encourages non-food related items to be distributed for birthday celebrations.

Among the “non-food” related items suggested by the principal are pencils, erasers, book marks, and book donations to the class library.

The school district acknowledged the situation could have been handled a bit more delicately.

“Mrs. Davidson has freely admitted that she didn’t communicate that very well,” Cranston said. “She has apologized.”

Apologized for what? Being an idiot and a horse’s ass? WTF are these people thinking? Are they thinking at all? There’s a proverb that says:

Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.

There should be a third line added:

And those who can do neither, work for the government.



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