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Canadian schoolteachers announce that the eighth-grade class gets to go to Disney World....

..but not a real Disney World trip, that's cruel!

ETA: 10-year-old calls 911 because he doesn't want to go to bed

It's bullying, not a prank. Kids are right. It blows my mind that this had gone through a teachers' meeting and none of them realized that it was grade-A, first class bullying. If they can't spot it when it's that big and that nasty, well, that's a really big problem.

LarryC wrote:

It's bullying, not a prank. Kids are right. It blows my mind that this had gone through a teachers' meeting and none of them realized that it was grade-A, first class bullying. If they can't spot it when it's that big and that nasty, well, that's a really big problem.

I think the word "bullying" tends to be thrown around too often nowadays, but I agree that this was totally uncool. How a group of teachers decided that this was a good idea is beyond me.

Damnit, I guess I might as well cancel my vacation now. This is going to kill their tourism industry.

sometimesdee:

I thought about my choice of word for that a bit before posting it. It was deliberate and I think it's appropriate. If anyone else had done this, particularly a peer, I would label it the same way. Why treat it any different just because teachers were responsible? The key question is, "Was it abusive?" to which the answer is "Yes." This is beyond uncool. Heads should be rolling right now.

LarryC wrote:

sometimesdee:

I thought about my choice of word for that a bit before posting it. It was deliberate and I think it's appropriate. If anyone else had done this, particularly a peer, I would label it the same way. Why treat it any different just because teachers were responsible? The key question is, "Was it abusive?" to which the answer is "Yes." This is beyond uncool. Heads should be rolling right now.

Heads should roll because the teachers displayed horrendous judgement. However, we'll have to agree to disagree on whether this counts as "abusive" or "bullying." When the word gets used as often as it does nowadays, it has a tendency to lose meaning.

sometimesdee wrote:

When the word gets used as often as it does nowadays, it has a tendency to lose meaning.

+1

This ranks right up there with the idiots that refer to anyone doing something they dislike as a "terrorist".

In other news, UK prosecutors insisted on receiving a written statement from a police dog, so one of the (human) officers obliged them:

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sometimesdee wrote:

In other news, UK prosecutors insisted on receiving a written statement from a police dog, so one of the (human) officers obliged them:

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Totes legit.

That dog has the same handwriting as my cats. Their story checks out.

I can almost imagine the officer asking the dog questions as he jotted down the lines. "Are you a good boy"? Woof! "Yes you are, you are a good boy peach." Woof!

They just assumed he was barking in agreement, which was probably a fair assessment.

He's simply translating on behalf of Peach. Looks good to me. Who else on the police force is going to translate for their dog?

Drinkers sue Anheuser-Busch for watering down beer.

...but how can they tell? Budweiser has always been like making love in a boat... frakkin' close to water!

March Madness: Sweet Sistine Edition

Get your brackets in early...

tanstaafl wrote:

March Madness: Sweet Sistine Edition

Get your brackets in early...

What a stupid chart, I don't see Stephen Colbert anywhere on there.

13 year old boy in Kenya invents a lion deterrent for ranchers, gets invited to speak at TED, receives a scholarship, and now wants to be an aircraft engineer. Awesome kid.

A year ago I was a boy in a savannah grassland. I saw planes fly over and I said I'd be inside one day. I had a chance to come by plane for the first time for TED.

Now they're teaching them to throw things? WHAT ARE YOU PEOPLE THINKING!

In local news: Mistaken lyrics to 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' theme song places local schools on lockdown

Bonus points for happening in Beaver County

Ever want to relive your high school days, maybe be in one of the top high school basketball teams in the state? Just forge your transcript, and have your wife claim to be your guardian!

tanstaafl wrote:

Now they're teaching them to throw things? WHAT ARE YOU PEOPLE THINKING!

And Jake Rodkin never sleeps again.

So Belgium is releasing chocolate-flavored postage stamps. There's one way to increase the use of the postal service.

Tumbleweeds cover man's home in Texas

Nature may be suggesting that you move.

Jet lag sucks.

A day of video games tops a year of therapy for dyslexic readers

According to the study, published Thursday in Current Biology, playing fast-paced video games helped improve dyslexic children’s reading speed more than a year of intense, traditional therapies could. The improvements did not fade with time either, researchers found.
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Scientists aimed to prove there’s a correlation between a dyslexic child’s visual attention span and their ability to read.
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