The lunch box shown here was banned from a school recently for depicting a violent image. Do you see anything violent here?
The letter the parents received is here:
I understand the need for a dress code in schools. But to go so far as to say “the dress code we have established requests that the children not bring violent images into the building in any fashion – on their clothing (including shoes and socks), backpacks and lunchboxes. We have defined ‘violent characters’ as those who solve problems using violence. Super heroes certainly fall into that category” is stretching every possible part of the imagination to an extreme. There are so many things wrong with this.
- Are you kidding me with this? You spend all their lives teaching the children to stand up to bullies and that they should do what’s right, but then get upset when they show their interest in one of the heroes that does that for a living?
- If you are that concerned with someone wearing something offensive to school, then institute a school uniform. Make it known publicly beforehand and then anyone who chooses to attend your school is aware of your intentions to snuff out the individualism and creativity of their children.
- While I understand that we don’t want offensive material plastered all over our children’s chests at school, I think there should be some common sense implied by all parties responsible for implementing rules. Sure, it’s a judgement call, but I think the judgements are pretty easy when it comes to children’s t-shirts. If they’re wearing a Batman shirt, they’re good. If they’re wearing a Joker shirt, they’re still good. If they’re wearing a shirt that has Freddy Krueger on it, they’re still good….seems a bit extreme for younger kids, but it’s a movie. if they wear a shirt that says “F* the Police”, that’s a message. That needs to be dealt with. If they’re wearing a Nazi swastika, they’re showing support for not only a violent leader but a violent mentality. Needs to be dealt with. If they’re wearing a confederate flag, while some make claims to it’s “heritage” being non-violent, it is still considered by many as a symbol of violence and oppression. Send them home to change. But at the same time, if they wear a Dukes of Hazzard t-shirt in with the General Lee on it, it should be ok. It’s a silly television show about rednecks who have chases much like the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote. It’s silly to say that anyone wearing one is promoting a violent mentality. But then again, I guess by the standards outlined in the letter above, the Road Runner wouldn’t be allowed on a shirt or lunch box either.
Why is our society so severely lacking in common sense and good judgement? Because we have become the United States of the Offended. Not only does everyone get an award, but if something bothers you, we’ll just ban it. If we sit and brainstorm with some other radicals and come up with every possible solution and outcome (totally millions of scenarios) and if even one of those ends with someone being remotely discontent, then we’ll ban it in anticipation of your being offended. Maybe this is why most depictions of the future in movies either have us in a post-apocalyptic world like The Book of Eli, The Mad Max Series or The Postman, where people are just trying to survive with what they can find. Or they have us all in clothes that match like Demolition Man or any of the Star Trek series. Because we’re headed for one extreme or the other, with the way things are going. We’re either going to kill each other or be so compliant that we lose all self identity.
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