December 29, 2010

Tales from the Nanny State

Aren't "progressives" those who most vociferously claim "don't tell me what to do with my body" when it comes to things like ... abortion?

The St. Paul school district will make all public schools "sweet-free zones" by the end of the school year.

Debra LaBounty, president of the Minnesota School Nutrition Association, said she believes St. Paul is the only district in the state to institute such a dramatic measure. National nutrition leaders say fewer than a handful of school districts in the country have tried such a thing.

With a nod to their role in reducing the nation's high obesity rate, Minnesota's second-largest school district plans to fully enforce the ban on sweets.

Reminders have been sent to teachers, students and parents that "sweet, sticky, fat-laden [and] salty treats" aren't allowed during the school day, said Jean Ronnei, the district's director of nutrition services.

OK, how are they going to "fully enforce the ban on sweets"? The article says that only verbal warnings will be given; however, knowing kids as I do, if that's the maximum punishment, what happens if said warnings don't suffice? I'd like to see the write-up: "Possession of Hershey's Kisses in sweet-free zone; refused to put away." Sheesh. A 10 year-old seems to understand the concept of freedom a lot better than the district's educationists: "A lot of us feel it should be up to us to determine what we should do with our bodies," said the [ironically named] Misky Salad.

But this has to take the cake, so to speak:

They call themselves the "Christmas Sweater Club" because they wear the craziest ones they can find. They also sing Christmas songs at school and try their best to spread Christmas cheer.

Now all 10 of them are in trouble because of what they did at their school.

"They said, 'maliciously maim students with the intent to injure.' And I don't think any of us here intentionally meant to injure anyone, or did," said Zakk Rhine, a junior at Battlefield High School.

The boys say they were just tossing small two-inch candy canes to fellow students as they entered school. The ones in plastic wrap that are so small they often break apart.

Skylar Torbett, also a junior, said administrators told him, "They said the candy canes are weapons because you can sharpen them with your mouth and stab people with them." He said neither he nor any of their friend did that.

The kicker in this one? "Mother Kathleen Flannery said an administrator called her and explained 'not everyone wants Christmas cheer. That suicide rates are up over Christmas, and that they should keep their cheer to themselves, perhaps.'"

(h/t to Cato at Liberty.)

Posted by Hube at December 29, 2010 09:17 AM | TrackBack

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