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An Okie teacher banished to the Midwest. "Education is not the filling a bucket but the lighting of a fire."-- William Butler Yeats

Sunday, December 24, 2006

When Teddy Bears Attack

This sounds interesting:
Making a movie in which evil teddy bears attack a teacher got two budding filmmakers expelled from their high school, but a federal judge says it was the school that was wrong.

However, the judge said the boys should apologize.

Cody Overbay and Isaac Imel, both sophomores, must be allowed to return to Knightstown High School for the second semester, U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker said Friday in Indianapolis in granting a preliminary injunction. She also ordered the school to allow the students to make up any work they had missed since their expulsions in October.
The boys worked on the movie “The Teddy Bear Master” from fall 2005 through summer 2006. It depicts a “teddy bear master” ordering stuffed animals to kill a teacher who had embarrassed him, but students battle the toy beasts, according to documents filed in court.

...The judge said the movie was “vulgar,” “tasteless,” “humiliating” and “obscene,” but ruled that school officials did not prove it disrupted school.

The judge said she did not believe it was a coincidence that the teacher in the movie had the same name as a math teacher at Knightstown Intermediate School. She urged the teens to apologize to the teacher and the school administration.

“School officials need to know you've learned a lesson,” Barker said.

I wonder what they've learned?


At 12/25/06, 10:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the judge was right. There is a difference between what is allowed and what is proper. The kids learned that if you mess around with people, they will mess around with you. A reasonable outcome

At 12/26/06, 11:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the judge thinks that something like this didn't disrupt things at that school, then the judge is, frankly, loopy.

Let 'em come back? Maybe. But letting them make up what they missed? That means more work for teachers. Sorry. They dug the hole they're in. Tough luck.

At 1/2/07, 2:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The rest of the world learns what former K-town students have known about Dan Clevenger for decades.


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