She Should Have Covered Old Smokey With Sand
Normally I don't blog about "offbeat news" items, but I couldn't help it with this one:
"A high school student was suspended for five days after singing a spoof of "On Top of Ol' Smokey" that includes lyrics about shooting a teacher...
..."I'd had a song stuck in my head all day, like the tune of it," she said. "This kid in front of me asked me about the song. So I told him the words. I didn't say them loudly."
"The song includes the lyrics: "On top of Ol' Smokey, all covered with blood, I shot my poor teacher with a .44 slug."...
"... Sloan Roach, spokeswoman for the school district, about 30 miles northeast of Atlanta, said the suspension was "appropriate disciplinary action" for disrupting class."
Not sure why a 16 year old would be singing that song -- but in the "old days", we'd sing variations of it when we were 8 or 9. I suppose it's considered "bad form" to sing songs like that in a post-Columbine world, but it still seems like a little bit of an overreaction to me.