One reason I’d like to put some distance between my family and northeast Indiana? I have never — never in my life — seen public schools with such draconian, because-I-said-so, zero-tolerance disciplinary policies. I went to high school in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio and it might as well have been Berkeley.
Follow the link to this story: Kid writes a column for the school newspaper complaining about new rules. Calls the rule-makers “Fun Nazis.” For this infraction, the entire press run of the paper is confiscated and everyone is given a stern lecture. But! Showing the sort of scrappy perserverence that generally serves journalists well, the kid writes another column, and if you put the first letter of each paragraph together, it spells out “Fun Nazi.” Of course no one would have known if the kid hadn’t told a friend, who told a friend, who…you know what happened.
Well, this sort of subversion cannot stand: The principal was understandably unhappy that his instructions had been ignored and he asked Clint whether he thought it was funny.
Most of us sooner or later understand that there are times when it�s wise to recognize when you�ve made a mistake and say what you know people want to hear. But Gillespie is still young. Yes, he said, he thought it was funny.
Gillespie was suspended for the rest of the school year � only three days � but he was also told he couldn�t take part in the graduation ceremonies.
I thought it was funny, too. So’s the rest of the story.