Gloom, Despair and Agony on Me

You know my life kinda resembles a bad Hee Haw skit.

If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all.

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Picketing Parents

A group of approximately six parents picketed outside Hawkins Elementary School to protest the fact that 4th grade science teacher, Veleka Setsor, is still in the classroom.  (More photos here)  Setsor was charged last week with aggravated assault following an argument with her 18-year old daughter.  The Hawkins County school system, in compliance with Tennessee state law, is conducting an investigation into the matter.   Until the issue is resolved, an aide has been placed in the classroom with Setsor.

The small protest, however, is making big news.  A WJHL camera man was on-scene earlier.  According to one parent, WYCB has also agreed to cover the event.  Joel Spears from the Rogersville Review was also on hand with his camera.  And Jeff Bobo at the Times-News had a lengthy piece online this morning, although  I think the reference to Maintenance Supervisor Ralph Hurd, is out of place.  (Typically, maintenance supervisors are not protected by state tenure laws.)

Inside the building, things seemed to be business as usual.  Principal Barry Bellamy said a few of the children had noticed the protesters, but it didn’t seem to be creating a problem.

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Do You Know What Your Children Are Doing? Hell, Me Neither

Last year, Ms. Diva stole Tiny T’s pucker powder candy. I don’t mean she placed it in her bag, mistakenly thinking it was her candy. I don’t mean she accidentally tripped and the candy fell into her mouth. I mean she stole it – on purpose, intentionally – she meant to do it. I was mortified, she was in big trouble. We dealt with it.

This year, I found out from Perky Girl that she is bossy at school and often informs people they cannot sit with her unless they wear bedazzled pants.

Meanwhile, according to Tiny J, Mr. Smartypants was involved with that bunch of boys, who got into trouble this week at soccer practice for putting bees in a bottle, shaking them up and turning them loose in the coach’s general direction. Tiny J. didn’t actually see Smartypants do this, but HyperKid told LoudKid who told Nosy N, who told Tiny J. – right after making him swear not to tell anyone else.   Smartypants has admitted to giving the boys the bottle but claims that was the extent of his involvement.  Of course, I’ll need to investigate before deciding to ship him to military school – but deep down, I don’t believe he’s so innocent.

Same thing with State Rep. Mike Kernell, whose son is purportedly rumored to have possibly had some alleged involvement in the Palin email hack. Of course, there’s no proof, documentation, or real evidence as of yet.  Nevertheless, the media (new and old) is all in a tizzy reporting that Kernell is aware of the rumors… but will not address them.

Really? What exactly did we expect him to say? Would he offer an adamant denial on his son’s behalf? No. Most parents realize they may not always know what their kids are doing, why they do it or if they realize they were going to be in trouble when they did it – if they did it at all. Plain and simple: much like you cannot determine guilt without evidence… as a parent, you tend not to determine innocence without it either.

So, perhaps they expected Kernell to agree with the claims and offer up some quick psychoanalysis on his son?

“Well, in my Psychoanalytic theory, which stems from the work of Sigmund Freud and the basic philosophies of liberal Democrats, if these allegations are true, then it might be possible that… “

Get real. Calm down and wait for the investigation to turn up some facts.  I, for one, cannot wait for this mess will work itself out – because I just know my 401K will be instantly improved due to the effort. It will won’t it? It won’t? Oh. Well, at least we can all be optimistic that Palin has learned her lesson and will be less likely to share top secret military strategy with Pentagon officials from a web-based mail account that a 13-year old online gamer could hack.

And no, I’m not saying what the unauthorized password changer did was cool: it’s not. It’s illegal.  In fact, I’m glad the feds will be taking this unauthorized password changing seriously and since the law applies evenly to all: they might be interested in knowing my yahoo mail account was hacked last year. There was nothing in there but Old Navy ads, but that’s not the point. The law is the law, therefore, I’ll be expecting the FBI to contact me soon.

Thursdays are best for me.

Child Threatens President Bush

As a parent, I found this video extremely disturbing. (h/t Kleinheider)

Originally posted at World Star Hip Hop, the profanity-laced video full of threats directed at President Bush has since been removed… but not before it made it’s way around the internet.

Since most of us find it hard to believe these thoughts originated from a young child and we reject the possibility that he independently created and uploaded this video, we blame the parents or guardians.  Many are calling for an an investigation, intervention, and perhaps the arrest of the parents due to the twisted and violent nature of the kid’s speech.

I’m a bit more hesitant to wander into the the jurisdiction of thought police and parent patrol.

You know the motivation behind the video isn’t puzzling or mysterious – the point was to frame a message in such an outrageously shocking manner that it got everyone attention. And clearly, these parents have not used good judgment in determining what information or ideas are appropriate for their child. From a developmental standpoint, I think this is probably unhealthy. I can even see how it might be psychologically damaging (if he truly understood what he was saying.)

But is bad judgment abuse? Do we know enough to make that determination?

Mr. Smartypants is 8-year old and knows that over 4000 American soldiers have died in Iraq. He is also aware religious differences between Sunni and Shiite Muslims is and has always been contributing factor to the violence there.

While this isn’t information I felt compelled to offer and most was gained by inquiry, I’m not uncomfortable with it. By possessing the information, he is aware there are threats and violence in the world and that not all countries are like ours – but the knowledge doesn’t leave him feeling personally threatened.

Should I be arrested too?

I understand these are two very different things. I cannot imagine my child creating such a video (he’d have a hard time uttering the foul language beyond the bar of Ivory Soap he’d find shoved his in mouth) but my question is, I guess, what are the boundaries here?

If we decide something like this requires legal action (and my maternal instincts are screaming that it does) don’t we need to determine what is acceptable and what is just “crazy-assed”?

Or do we go on the notion that “we know crazy when we see it.”