Thursday, February 21, 2008

Join Me in unemployment

A 6th grade teacher in Union, South Carolina was put on leave for playing"Join Me in Death" by HIM during her classes. Surely your first reaction will be, "That's the most stupid thing I have ever heard. There is nothing wrong with that song." However, your second and more logical reaction should be, "Wait, yeah, you shouldn't play songs about suicide to sixth graders. Maybe she should keep her musical tastes at home."

You might say, "But Shame-free, it's a Romeo and Juliet story, and that book is taught in school." Let me remind you that it is taught in high school - not middle school. No matter how you look at this and how blown out of proportion with parents this inevitably was and will be, she shouldn't have played it, she certainly shouldn't have asked the kids to listen to it and she definitely shouldn't have burned copies of it for them to take home and listen to. People who aren't familiar with HIM won't understand it is tongue-in-cheek and trust that if my sixth grader came home telling me their teacher was playing Type O Negative, I would surely be concerned. Aside from all this - it's a little obsessive on her part, don't you think?

I think she's on my MySpace friends list.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

perhaps these things are true, but reprimanded, not canned.... :)
we got romeo and juliet in 7-8th grade middle school. not high school.

i think this is just as ludicrous as the teacher who just got canned for doing a magic trick... and they're calling it 'wizardry' down in landolakes florida. come on people... lets get realistic. fire the ones that are really causing issues....