Saturday, April 26, 2008

The face of distraction?

Let me ask a simple question. Does this child offend you?

Does he distract you in any way at all?

I look at this picture and I see an adorable little boy. But the school administrator of a Cleveland charter school found the little boy's mohawk disruptive to other students. In fact, after sending letters home, telling the boy's mother that the hairstyle had to be changed, the boy was sent home from school. Denied an education over his hair.


What the hell? I mean really, what the hell? My kids have been put in classes with children that are disruptive behaviorally, they've dealt with bullies, and my middle schooler goes to school with young girls that wear mini skirts and low rise jeans. But that's okay. On the other hand a mohawk is disruptive??

It's kindergarten people. My little boy goes to school with fake tattoos on all the time and if he was sent home because of it, I would be FURIOUS. It just makes him happy, so big deal. Kids are pretty easy to please, it's the adults out there that aren't.

By the way, this story was brought to my attention by my friend, Sandra. It's a story close to her heart. Here's a pic of her little boy. He'll be going to school one day too, and in no way should this little sweetie have to change his hair either!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Youtube steps up

I'm sure you've heard about the eight teenagers in Florida that allegedly beat another teen. (It's comical to me that you have to insert the word "allegedly" in there when it's on videotape) They filmed it so they could post it on YouTube. The video shows how savage people, even children, can be to one another. Six teens ganged up on one sixteen year old girl, while two others stood watch outside. Six against one. Cowards.

Well, the kids wanted to be seen and they've certainly accomplished that. However, while researching the subject I was unable to find the video on youtube. I could find clips of it on news sites, but no video of the actual fight on youtube. In addition, youtube isn't allowing any posts of the attacker's contact information on their site. I commend them for that. In refusing to post the video, I'm sure they've unintenionally redirected viewers to other sites. I think it's noble of them to not air it. (yes, I'm sure there's some kind of legal reason behind it, but still)

What if youtube set the bar for other websites?