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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

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.

7 Comments:

Blogger Miss Ladybug said...

There's always this version, too:

On top of spaghetti
All covered with cheese
I lot my poor meatball
When somebody sneezed

It rolled off of the table
And onto the floor
And then my poor meatball
Rolled out the front door

It rolled in the garden,
And under a bush,
And then my poor meatball,
Was nothing but mush.

The mush was as tasty
As tasty could be,
And then the next summer,
It grew into a tree.

The tree was all covered,
All covered with moss,
And on it grew meatballs,
And tomato sauce.

So if you eat spaghetti,
All covered with cheese,
Hold on to your meatball,
Whenever you sneeze

5/10/2006 8:40 AM

 
Blogger ninme said...

Oh I was going to quote those lyrics!

Ah... the memories of childhood car trips...

5/10/2006 12:09 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is a little more to the story:

"But Sloan Roach, spokeswoman for Gwinnett County schools, said the student was discussing a grade with her teacher and began singing the song out loud in class. Roach said the remarks were inappropriate, threatening and caused a disruption.

"Our schools have a responsibility to ensure our classes are free from disruption," Roach said Tuesday. "The school can take disciplinary action against any kind of classroom disruption. And in this case appropriate disciplinary action was taken."

Besides the five days suspension, the school revoked the transfer agreement that allowed Beth Anne to attend the school. Next year she will be required to attend North Gwinnett High, her neighborhood school, said Suzanne Cox, the girl's mother."

If it happened the way the school officials claim, the young lady deserves the lumps.

5/10/2006 12:48 PM

 
Blogger Trickish Knave said...

The girl was being a little bitch about her grade and decided to try something rude and disruptive to sway the teacher to change her grade.

We all know that is always the best approach to win people over to your way of thinking.

She got what she deserved for bbeing a whiney brat.

5/10/2006 6:15 PM

 
Anonymous Brad said...

This is the same school system that is having hearings on whether or not to ban Harry Potter books because a 15-year old girl claims to have become a witch after reading them, and her mom is blaming the books.

I didn't have any ducks to bring to the meeting to see if she was really a witch.

5/10/2006 9:06 PM

 
Blogger Bubblehead said...

It would have been a fair cop...

5/10/2006 10:43 PM

 
Blogger Trickish Knave said...

"...her mom is blaming the books."

But of course. It is always easier to blame an actor, an author, or a musician for the shortcomings of negligent parenting.

5/11/2006 3:36 PM

 

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