Gee, it's great to be back.
The adrenaline rush of vented spleen is almost addictive, as is the kind and tempting comments added by my Dear and constant readers.
I thank you.
And now, as to the reason...
Before I start, I must make clear the following.
Nuova Lazio is a completely fictional town in a completely fictional area of a completely fictional Island in a purportedly real southern Pacific Ocean.
The school where I allegedly teach (and I use this word in it's loosest sense) does not exist, never has existed, doesn't even amount to a spark in the mind of a dormant or yet-to-be God.
|It's all a complete Fantasy (or wish-fullfilment if you wish)|
If you examine the title of this Blog, under the "How the Hell does this work?", you will see a disclaimer. This is an abreviated version of one of the greatest disclaimer/book dedications I have ever seen. It is the creation (yes, I
This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental. This book and series has no connection to reality. Any attempt by the reader to replicate any scene in this series it to be taken at the reader's own risk. For that matter, most of the actions of the main character are illegal under U.S. and international law as well as most of the stricter religions in the world. There is no Valley of the Keldara. Heck, there is no Kildar. And the idea of some Scots and Vikings getting together to raid the Byzantine Empire is beyond ludicrous. The islands described in a previous book do not exist. Entire regions described in these books do not exist. Any attempt to learn anything from these books is disrecommended by the author, the publisher and the author's mother who wishes to state that he was a very nice boy and she doesn't know what went wrong.My blog is like that. No semblance to any reality in any universe.
Now, gentle reader, you may think I've gone completely doo-lally or even maxed-out paranoid, but I've just been reading a news article (Thanks Clive, I may never sleep again) about a teacher in a school in Pennsylvania, who was suspended from her job for posting an article which suggested that her pupils were slightly less than perfect. Her post did not mention, School, Pupil's Names, Classes or even as far as I can remember, State, but she was still suspended. One of the American Civil Rights organisations managed to get her re-instated, but we have been warned. The bastards of Political Bloody Correctness are out to get you.
Now that's out the way, I can have my little rant.
One of our little darlings shot another pupil.
I know that this may come as a shock to you non-teachers out there, but our kids, especially, but not uniquely our boys, tend to be a tad violent.
We have systems in place to try and reduce this violence.
Naughty boys (and girls) are given nice little chats, where it is pointed out to them that it isn't nice to kick each other in the crotch, or to set fire to some one's hair during class, or to actually stand up, unplug the DVD player from the TV and try to hide it in your schoolbag.
The system allows for a series of escalating warnings/restorative chats/detentions/stand downs/Section 27s/suspensions/ and finally exclusion.
One particular individual was on his final/final/final/I really mean it this time final/ and the next time you're out/ warnings.
He took in a gun to school.
Admittedly it was a BB gun, shooting plastic BBs, but it looked realistic. Realistic enough that if he'd been spotted earlier, the Armed Offenders Squad would have been called out. (For non-Kiwis, the AOS is like a sort of watered down SWAT team)
He deliberately, and with malice aforethought shot another boy in the balls.
Men of the male gender (thank you, Miss Underscore) are warned NOT to look at the image immediately below, as it may cause extreme psychic pain.
While the victim was writhing about in considerable discomfort, he then threatened to rip the victim's head off if he dared to report the incident.
Luckily, the incident was reported to staff, and the shooter was apprehended and a severe punishment was awarded.
This kid, who was on his final/final/final/I really mean it this time final/ and the next time you're out/ warning, got TWO F*CKING DAYS STAND DOWN.
The victim got a bag of ice to reduce the swelling, while the little shite who shot him (try and say that after a few whiskies) was basically sent home for a two day holiday, and
THEN HE WAS LET BACK INTO SCHOOL
How can we teach the kids that breaking the rules is bad, if the worst are treated like this. Every one else wanted the kid suspended at the least, so he would have to answer to the school board for his actions and (lack of ) remorse.
Guess who decided he would get back in after 2 F*CKING DAYS?
Sometimes I just despair.
And just long for a belt of 7.62mm Full Metal Jacket.
|My friend, GIMPY (in sustained fire mode).|