I think this story tells us volumes about the principal of Trinity Lutheran School in Racine, as well as the pastor and the school board – certainly more than it tells us about the kid implicated in this sordid tale.
Here’s the BLUF.
Kid gets permission to sell water snake wigglies at school.
In case you’re unfamiliar, they’re plastic toys – bags essentially – filled with water and sometimes confetti or glitter that are wiggly and hard to hold. They’re fun little toys. I’m sure at least some of us have played with them in our youth.
Sexually repressed, possibly mentally unstable principal accuses 12-year-old child of selling “sex toys” in school, and apparently yells at her at a basketball game for selling them evil,perverted sex toys.
Child is suspended for three days.
Father goes on a crusade (pun fully intended) to clear his daughter’s name, as well he should.
…the principal at Trinity Lutheran School accused the student of selling what she thought were sex toys.
The school’s pastor, David Gehne, said this issue already went before the school board, which sided with the principal.
Now, look. I suppose anything can be used as a sex toy these days if you’re ambitious enough. There are enough inventive perverts out there to make hardware stores mean something completely different. Apparently this principal, this pastor, and this school board have some… uh… predilections (alternately, the lot of them is incredibly inexperienced and probably dull as shit in bed), if they’re considering something specifically designed to be difficult to hold on to as a sex toy.
But to ruin a kid’s administrative record with a disciplinary action, because of inexperience, personal perversions, or just plain ignorance? That’s just a no!
The school has also doubled down on the stupid and blamed students for “sexualizing” these toys, claiming this was disruptive to learning.
They claim they tried to shut down the sale of these
evil sex toys water wigglies.
They claim the student had no permission to sell these toys.
Oh, and parents complained, because their kids, being kids and all, were snortling childishly at these toys, because PENIS!
So a kid who ostensibly got permission from a teacher to sell these fun little stress-relieving toys was punished because a) 12 year old kids were being 12 year old kids b) some idiot parents were disturbed that their 12 year old kids were being 12 year old kids, and c) because the principal, the pastor, and the school board are closet pervs, who think anything remotely phallus shaped is shameful! Freud would be so proud!
Add this to the zero tolerance extra stupid, I guess. So grateful my kids are all grown up!