October 30, 2007

Kids Have No Rights – part one of a series

Filed under: News,Opinion — Peregrin @ 12:14 pm

I’m a 46-year-old father of two. And yet I often find myself shocked at how the kids of our nation have no real rights. Once in a while I find a news story which underlines this epiphany.

This is the first of a series which will probably not have an ending.

Captain Underpants ruins Halloween on LI

Sun Oct 28, 4:57 AM ET

Call it the Misadventure of Captain Underpants and the Peeved Principal.

A suburban Long Island high school has banned all Halloween costumes after three senior girls showed up last year dressed as the underwear-baring subject of a series of best-selling children’s books.

(Go ahead and click on the link now. There are no pictures, but you know you wanna check for yourself)

Long Beach High School Principal Nicholas Restivo, who sent the three seniors home to change last year, said the episode solidified his sense that the school’s costume tradition was disruptive.

Excuse me, Mister Restivo. Halloween is supposed to be disruptive – that’s the entire point of the friggin’ holiday!

For the Captain Underpants costumes, the three girls donned beige leotards and nude stockings under white briefs and red capes to portray the superhero, who has battled such foes as talking toilets. To Restivo, the appearance was that the girls were naked.

I have seen high-school girls wearing sumo wrestler costumes. Is this not offensive? Or is is just possible that Principal Restivo is disturbed by what goes through his own dirty mind when he sees what looks like a naked young girl?

“I’m being a principal. I’m not being an ogre,” Restivo said.

He added that some gory costumes could make some students uncomfortable.

Woah…we are talking about high school students here, right? The same demographic targeted by all slasher films ever made? In what alternate universe does this guy live?

Some students don’t see it that way. They are circulating a petition opposing the costume crackdown.

“It’s one thing if the school won’t let us wear outfits that are revealing or inappropriate, but if it is an innocent Halloween costume, we should be allowed to wear it,” said junior Meghan Beck.

Good luck, kids, but I doubt your petition will accomplish much. You have no rights.

1 Comment

  1. “Simply Dumb” has photos of the costumes, so you can hudge for yourself.

    Comment by Pyre — October 31, 2007 @ 8:43 pm

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