The War on Halloween is Not Healthy for Children and Other Living Things

And helps explain a benefit of school choice.

This article originally appeared at Time.com on Thursday, October 17, 2013. Read the original here.

In the latest example of small-mindedness plaguing our educational system, schools around the country are attempting to ban costumes and candy on what is surely one of most kids’ favorite days of the year. The excuses range from vague concerns about “safety” to specific worries about food allergies to—get this—fears of breaching the wall of separation between church and state.

But whatever the motivation, the end result is the same as what Charlie Brown used to get every time he went trick-or-treating: a big old rock in the candy bag. What sort of lesson are we teaching our kids when we ban even a tiny, sugar-coated break in their daily grind (or, even worse, substitute a generic, Wicker Man-style “Fall Festival” for Halloween)? Mostly that we are a society that is so scared of its own shadow that we can’t even enjoy ourselves anymore. We live in fear of what might be called the killjoy’s veto, where any complaint is enough to destroy even the least objectionable fun.

Consider Sporting Hill Elementary School in Pennsylvania. Earlier this month, the school sent parents a note explaining that wearing Halloween costumes was was canceled because, well, you know, “safety is a top priority.” A spokesperson further explained, “We recognize that the education about, and celebration of, seasonal festivals is an important aspect of the elementary setting…[but] we must do so in a manner that is safe and appropriate for all children.” You’d think it would be easy enough to craft basic guidelines on what’s safe – only fake blood, no trailing ghost or ghoul fronds that might get tripped on– but such a simple task is apparently beyond the powers that be in Sporting Hill.

Inglewood Elementary, outside of Philadelphia, tried to go Sporting Hill two better by banning Halloween activities due to a mix of dietary and constitutional concerns. One school board member told Philly.com’s Dom Giordano that the traditional student Halloween parade was canceled out of worries “that some kids with peanut allergies might eat or come into contact with something peanut-based during the parade and related events.”

But it turns out that the school’s principal had loftier philosophical reasons for scotching the fun. “Some holidays, like Halloween,” he wrote to parents, “are viewed…as having religious overtones. The district must always be mindful of the sensitivity of all the members of the community with regard to holidays and celebrations of a religious, cultural or secular nature. The United States Supreme Court has ruled that school districts may not endorse, prefer, favor, promote or advance any religious beliefs.” Unless there’s a particularly active group of druids in the district, or the parade ends with a ritual sacrifice, it seems unlikely that there’s much to worry about.

Such wilfully obtuse reasoning may well qualify the principal for a seat on the Supreme Court, but it won him no points with parents or school district administrators. Indeed, after the former complained, the latter hung him out to dry. They explained that the principal’s letter and banning of Halloween activities was “not an accurate representation of the school district’s administrative regulation.” In fact, they stressed that the district’s schools were hosting more Halloween activities than you could shake a Pixie Stix at.

Kids in Bexley, Ohio won a similar reprieve, but only after 160 parents signed an online petition and another 30 or so packed a parent-teacher meeting. A couple of years back, parents in Springfield, New Jersey pulled off the same feat even as Portland, Oregon schools put the kibosh on Halloween. And so it goes, with Halloween bans joining pedagogical prohibitions on tag, dodge ball, and just about everything else you can imagine.

Given the heated arguments even over something as ultimately inconsequential as celebrating Halloween, it’s no wonder that enrollments at public charter schools are going through the roof. Like private schools, charters allow parents and students to choose specific schools rather than be assigned to them based on accidents of geography or residence. By matching schools and students based on shared interests and goals, a lot of the serious conflicts that have traditionally roiled schools – over the role of curricula, sports, sex education, and so much more – simply disappear like a, well, bag of Halloween candy in a young kid’s room. Of course, disagreements don’t completely disappear in schools of choice (whether public or private). But they are less frequent and less intense precisely because everyone involved can always go elsewhere.

Schools where parents, students, teachers, and school boards are mostly on the same page rather than at each other’s throats? That’s an idea that’s almost as unimaginable as banning Halloween used to be.

This article originally appeared at Time.com on Thursday, October 17, 2013. Read the original here.

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  • sarcasmic||

    What about kids whose parents can't or wont buy them costumes? It's like totally not fair to them! Or kids with peanut allergies? It's so no fair that other kids could eat peanut laden candy in front of them! What about Christian kids who, oh, wait. They're just Christians. They don't matter. What about Jehovah Witnesses? They don't celebrate any holidays! So not fair! Think of their feelings! Their feelings! Feelings!

  • John Galt||

    Ugh. I've had enough feelings to last a hundred lives.

  • Joao||

    I'm one of Jehovah's Witnesses. Never celebrated a holiday in my life. Never made a fuss over it either. We are not PC but simply want our choices respected.

    There have been times when the teachers have foregone holiday stuff for my kids' sake (tho not requested). On the other hand, there have been times when we have been sent to the library with a packet of schoolwork (fun, fun, fun) to keep us busy while the majority have their event.

    We have our values/beliefs, others have theirs. Mostly, we get that.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    What sort of lesson are we teaching our kids when we ban even a tiny, sugar-coated break in their daily grind

    Daily grind? Are you joking?

  • Swiss Servator, Zurichmania!||

    "Daily grind? Are you joking?"

    Perhaps many of them are working as baristas after school?

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Ah! That's why Starbucks' coffee tastes like shit!

  • Swiss Servator, Zurichmania!||

    Wasn't the "consensus" that it was more like "burnt ass"? We, of course, turned to SF and Epi for final confirmation of that flavor...

  • Agammamon||

    Yeah, that part made me laugh - the kids in my local district get a half-day on Wednesday. *Every* Wednesday.

    That's on top of the bajillion days off during the school year. I think the local schools are only in session slightly more than 6 out of the 9 months of the school 'year'.

  • blcartwright||

    way back when I was in school we got off every Friday at 1 - but only for 7th grade and up (presumably old enough to not need child care if home alone) and it was an early start to the weekend - not like on Monday or Wednesday when many parents would need to either take off work or pay for some after school facility.

  • Carolynp||

    Yes, daily grind. My nephew, in kindergarten, was given 24 pages of homework over spring break. Holy freaking cow. Kid hates school. Can't blame him.

  • Archduke von Pantsfan||

    what's homework in Kindergarten, exactly?

  • Whahappan?||

    My daughter was given 15 pages of homework over Christmas break in Kindergarten, so this is not an isolated incident.

  • C. Anacreon||

    What was the homework, pre-calculus or biochemistry? Kindergarten teachers just don't respect an individual's "me" time.

  • mkreitler||

    Yup. And elementary kids are lucky to get 20 minutes of recess per day. And if they misbehave, guess what the punishment is: no recess.

    And they get homework. And they take standardized tests earlier than we did.

    No joke: at the parent teacher conference for my 1st grade daughter, the teacher told me, "Her reading level is below the scores for the college track."

    ???

  • KPres||

    He was obviously referring to the children that work in his factory.

  • C. Anacreon||

    seaparation of church and state

    And yes, this division is even worse in maritime law.

  • mr lizard||

    You'd be pleasantly surprised to know the Fair Wintness concept factors highly in Maritime Law

  • Scarecrow Repair||

    Wintness

    Is this some new Santa Claus/Mermaid/RenFair cross breed that I have never heard of?

  • mr lizard||

    Well if you were from Drunklandia it would make perfect sense.

  • AuH20||

    You're a.... crook Captain Hook, throw the book!

  • gimmeasammich||

    Chareth Cutestory? Is that you?

  • The Late P Brooks||

    seaparation

    Don't mention Moses.

  • Swiss Servator, Zurichmania!||

    +1 drowned chariot army

  • Warrren||

    And nothing else happened....

    http://thetomahawk.com/Detail......S&ID=60321

  • Scarecrow Repair||

    Jeez. That's just nuts.

  • Atanarjuat||

    I see what you did there, and I rebuke it.

    Actually, something else did happen:

    As a result of this incident, a unanimous decision was made by the City Council to terminate Officer Putnam’s employment. When reached for comment, Mountain City Mayor Lawrence Keeble said, “The decision the City Council made on this incident speaks for itself.”
  • Warrren||

    He'll just end up somewhere else.

  • Scarecrow Repair||

    But if any civilian had done that, they'd be in jail. And we haven't heard from the police union yet.

  • Brian||

    I guess when you're holding a mace and service weapon, the whole world looks like a perp resisting.

  • ||

    Jets beat Patriots...YESSSSSSSSSS

  • Mickey Rat||

    Nuts. I was hoping for the ground to open up and swallow both teams.

  • Lady Bertrum||

    +1

  • ||

    This is how I feel about Denver and the Evil Irsays.

  • Ted S.||

    Remember, the Irsays left Baltimore in the middle of the night because Maryland was threatening to take the team via eminent domain.

  • ||

    Irsays are evil There was a lot of history before that event. Irsays are evil.

  • Aloysious||

    YOUR kids are the problem. My special little snowflakes are perfect angels who can do no wrong. Give them organic, free trade, hormone-free artisanal candy. Now.

  • Aloysious||

    Kidding, of course.

  • Bam!||

    OHHHH! Now I get it.

  • SugarFree||

    The logical conclusion of victimology triumphant is that all holidays and traditions will be acknowledged, yet none will be able to be celebrated.

  • John||

    ^^THIS^^

    I think they just hate joy. They just don't like the idea of someone getting any comfort from anything.

  • AuH20||

    Well, it may have something to do with the fact that their ideology is quasi-religion. But while it gives them all the moral superiority of a religious ideology, it gives none of the comfort, joy, or sure belief that the world will eventually turn and reward the just (even environmentalism only sells the ability to say "Told you so!" as the world burns- there is no rapture for the good environmentalists to take them away from the Earth). So they get all the smugness and dislikable moralism of the religious zealot, but can take no comfort in their ideology, and thus hate it in others.

  • KPres||

    They only find joy in pity, and resent anybody who finds it anything else.

  • John Galt||

    But even little little things like Halloween threaten the powers of the small elite group who comprise the one super socialist god who is jealous and demands the power to make every decision for all living things.

  • Rich||

    One school board member told Philly.com’s Dom Giordano that the traditional student Halloween parade was canceled out of worries “that some kids with peanut allergies might eat or come into contact with something peanut-based during the parade and related events.”

    I suppose "Mr. Peanut" costumes are forbidden in that locality, too.

  • mr lizard||

    You know it's called Benadryl. Just expose the kid, feed them a bunch of the above, and then monitor pulse and temperature. Once they've survived it twice, they'll be feasting on snickers in no time.

  • John||

    http://www.city-journal.org/20.....-daze.html

    One of the best articles I have read in a long time.

    Environmental worry is universal; the sickness of the end of the world is purely Western. To counter this pessimism, we might list the good news of the last 20 years: democracy is making slow progress; more than a billion people have escaped absolute poverty; life expectancy has increased in most countries; war is becoming rarer; many serious illnesses have been eradicated. But it would do little good. Our perception is inversely proportional to reality.

    The Christian apocalypse saw itself as a hopeful revelation of the coming of God’s kingdom. Today’s has nothing to offer. There is no promise of redemption; the only hope is that those human beings who repent of their errors may escape the chaos, as in Cormac McCarthy’s fine novel The Road. How can we be surprised, then, that so many bright minds have become delirious and that so many strange predictions flourish?

  • AuH20||

    Should have scrolled down before I made my post above. Just what I was saying.

  • ||

    Swiss to vote on giving all adults $2800 monthly income

    BERNE — Switzerland will hold a vote on whether to introduce a basic income for all adults, in a further sign of growing public activism over pay inequality since the financial crisis.

    A grassroots committee is calling for all adults in Switzerland to receive an unconditional income of 2,500 Swiss francs — about $2,800 — per month from the state, with the aim of providing a financial safety net for the population.

    Organizers submitted more than the 100,000 signatures needed to call a referendum on Friday and tipped a truckload of 8 million five-cent coins outside the parliament building in Bern, one for each person living in Switzerland.

    Under Swiss law, citizens can organize popular initiatives that allow the channeling of public anger into direct political action. The country usually holds several referenda a year.

    "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Leave the dude alone and he'll figure it out." -- Louis CK

  • SweatingGin||

    Wonder what percentage of people would work after that? With getting rid of my commute, and maybe having a more basic car, I could live on that with hardly a drop in standard.

    I'd spend my time writing software and starting underground (untaxed) businesses.

  • John||

    A lot would. Here is the thing, if you got rid of all of our entitlements, you probably could do the same thing here and save money. I would prefer not to do either. But, I think just sending a check makes more sense than what we are doing.

  • Warrren||

    Then you're cutting out a lot of middle-men gov types. That's a whole constituency itself.

  • SweatingGin||

    It's funny, we'll stumble most of the way into a post-scarcity society, with the key issue being how to make sure the 20% of productive people are incentivized enough to keep working...

    Maybe a dis topical novel in that.

  • SweatingGin||

    Dystopia, thanks spell check.

  • Warrren||

    Dis Topical, how Guidos saved civilization.

  • John||

    A post scarcity society is a very interesting and strange place. Many of the rules of economic behavior we count on now will be no good. What happens when the majority of society can have everything they want and not work for it? Do you have to ration work so people feel useful? Post scarcity is like a bolean universe for economics. Everything is just weird and different.

  • Warrren||

    Time is always scarce. People will still have to strive to do everything they want to in life.

    So even if food and all other life support is near costless you still have to go traveling or write that epic adaption/sequel/iambic verse play to Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo.

    Collectors will still be busy as will bird watchers and other nature freaks. Learning new and retro skills will be a huge pastime...

    So folks will be busy.

  • John||

    It makes everyone into the idle rich. That doesn't work out very well for a lot of people. Think about how fucked up the children of the super rich often are.

  • Warrren||

    Hmmm, I see that you have a point there but I'm still going to view the situation with optimism.

  • wwhorton||

    Yeah, but the people who feel the brunt of it are generally working stiffs. If everyone's "idle rich" then theoretically they'll all just be bastards together.

  • SForza||

    If we are going to have a welfare state, this is the way to do it. Get rid of the whole apparatus and all the apparatchiks (I mean, bureaucrats... I mean, noble civil servants), and just write a damn check.

  • LarryA||

    Never work. Without bureaucrats, who will tell the recipients how to spend their government-provided checks? we can't just let people like that make the wrong decisions! They might get uppity.

  • blcartwright||

    but somebody has to supply the money to send out the checks. who will pay the bill when everyone retires? the govt workers?

  • C. Anacreon||

    The problem, of course, is some folks are just going to spend the entire check the day they get it on hookers and blow. And then what will they do? Whatever is Switzerland's version of the New York Times will lament that their uncaring society "just indifferently writes checks and makes people fend for themselves, even if they aren't prepared to do so." And soon enough there will be tons of programs and the same old army of social workers to help out the "unfortunate", and nothing will have really been gained by the new system.

    Think I'm delusional? In our ER the busiest day of the month is always the 5th. That's five days after everyone got their monthly SSI check -- and the folks that smoked up every cent suddenly are "suicidal" and want to be hospitalized for oh, say, 25 days.

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    How do you say 'living wage' in Swiss?

    Fuck off.

    I know Swissian isn't a language!

  • Ted S.||

    I know Swissian isn't a language!

    Tell that to those of us who speak proper German. :-)

  • Paul.||

    You know who else spoke proper German?

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    I speak Italian and French and would love to have German in my arsenal.

    Alas, I'm terrible with languages so...

  • A Secret Band of Robbers||

    Swiss society is full of xenophobes. Remember the minaret ban a few years ago? How long will they have that guaranteed income law before they use it as an excuse to shut down immigration?

    I know, I know, European Union rules, but how much longer is that going to last?

  • Ted S.||

    Switzerland isn't in the EU.

  • A Secret Band of Robbers||

    Then it'll get interesting in a hurry.

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    The Swiss yodel to their own beat.

  • Jquip||

    Look, it's either education or daycare. If it's education, quit hosting masquerade balls and funding athletics. If it's daycare, quit pretending math scores matter.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    I agree with 75 percent of your statement. I believe athletics can have an educative purpose. Studies have shown that athletic exercise develops the nervous system in a way that has benefits for academics. Furthermore, athletic activity is going to make the student healthier overall, leading to less absenteeism, for just one example of benefit.

  • Jquip||

    Then have them dissect a fetal pig while running a relay race. In case it's misguided or wrong, at least it'll be entertaining.

  • mr lizard||

    I just want a waiver I can file that prevents people from telling me about their kids batting average.

  • Warrren||

    I'll take one about listening to people's bad beat stories.

  • blcartwright||

    wOBA is much better than batting average, get into the 21st century

  • John||

    They really have gone full fascist.

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/m.....ic-enemies

  • SweatingGin||

    "So, representative, will you be sending a letter to the attorney general asking for the arrest of your political opponents?" Is what a real journalist would ask.

  • Warrren||

    Damn, it's too bad that those on the right gave up all their guns and that most of the military and police in this country are leftists.

  • Francisco d Anconia||

    It won't be long now.

  • Edwin||

    Well, let's clarify, stuff like dodgeball is banned largely for insurance/liability reasons.
    I'd love to see the school system move to a voucher system, and part of my legislation would be to remove liability from schools for accidents during these sorts of activities, but I'M the one who's the enemy of the schools for wanting to move to a voucher, right?
    pshhhhhh

  • Zombie Jimbo||

    I frequently get pissed at my kid's private school, but Halloween is not one of those times. They call it Fall Fun Day, but it still is epic. You start the day with cider and doughnuts. The kids all get to pick up a pumpkin and decorate it the middle school kids help the K thru 2nd graders. The whole school is decorated and this year a bunch of us dads are building a haunted house in the gym. The kids all have a Halloween parade in the afternoon, and then in the evening, everyone comes back for trick or trunk, where the parents distribute candy from their Halloween decorated cars.

    An incident you would never see at a public school: The principal, who is from Boston, one year came in full pads dressed as a Bruin. Two 8th grade hockey players, in full pads, dressed as Flyers, pretended to pummel him with their sticks at the parade. The gym teacher pulled the principal out of the gym by his fake skate. The crowd went wild. My kids can't wait for Friday.

  • Warrren||

    I read that as cigar and doughnuts and crap that would be a fun day.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    You'd go as Officer Groucho Marx?

  • Warrren||

    I once shot an elephant in my pajamas.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    "I was doing a dynamic entry at Margaret Dumont's house."

    "Did she complain?"

    "On the contrary, she thought my dynamic entry was great!"

  • SweatingGin||

    How'd the elephant get in your pajamas?

  • Warrren||

    I'll never know!

  • Archduke von Pantsfan||

    Too late for a Jim Leyland breakfast?

  • SweatingGin||

    Apart from reminding me of last night, that was awesome.

    He's looking a little yellow these days... Usually I'd suspect alcoholic jaundice, but for him, it might just be nicotine showing through.

  • SIV||

    “that some kids with peanut allergies might eat or come into contact with something peanut-based during the parade and related events.”

    The peanut allergic's veto.

  • John||

    Maybe if you have an allergy to a common item that really will kill you, maybe you just have to be cautious rather than expecting everyone else to change?

    I think very few of these kids who claim to have this allergy actually have it to a degree that it is life threatening. Mostly, it is just another look at me thing.

  • SweatingGin||

    Zero tolerance will be awesome when they start throwing kids out of school for drawing pictures if peanuts.

  • Warrren||

    Yes...yes.

  • blcartwright||

    this site needs a rec button!

  • SIV||

    Next step in peanut free zones. Too bad we can't name it SweatingGin's Law but the credit s reserved for the first child with pushy parents to die of psychosomatic anaphylactic shock from exposure to a peanut sketch.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    "Mostly, it is just another look at me thing."

    It could be on the part of the parents.

  • Warrren||

    Douchebaggin by Proxy.

  • wwhorton||

    So there are children being born who are so allergic to peanuts that if they're in the same vicinity as one they'll explode, so allergic that if they are next to something that was made in the same goddamn factory as peanut butter they'll curl up and die, yet they somehow make it to adulthood unscathed. Something's rotten in Denmark. My bullshit detector is blowin' up.

  • Francisco d Anconia||

    I'm sensing a glitch in the matrix with this story.

  • SweatingGin||

    Nobody was clicking through to the parchment scrolls and stone tablets that Time is published on?

    In other news, Time still exists.

  • Warrren||

    Time is an illusion and you can catch it in a bottle.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

  • Ted S.||

    Will you ever love this way again either?

  • Warrren||

  • Rufus J. Firefly||

    "Brrrains! Send more PC teachers!"

  • Rich||

  • SweatingGin||

    "We are also defining new test processes to prevent new issues from cropping up as we improve the overall service and deploying fixes to the site during off-peak hours on a regular basis.”

    I'm thinking they didn't have unit tests.

  • A Secret Band of Robbers||

    But we don't have time for testing! If you're a good programmer, you can just write good code the first time!

  • wwhorton||

    Remember, no sandbox environment can ever accurately replicate actual usage scenarios, so always stress test in production. Better yet, just release your alpha into the wild. After all, it's called User Acceptance Testing for a reason, right?

  • ||

    deploying fixes to the site during off-peak hours on a regular basis

    Everyone knows that you should update irregularly during on-peak hours

  • SweatingGin||

    Maybe they'll leak the name of a programmer to have a two-minute hate on.

    I meant that hyperbolic, but... Doesn't seem impossible at this point.

  • JidaKida||

    Oh wow, that makes a lot of sense dude.

    www.AnonWonders.tk

  • HarryUSA||

    Are they afraid of Paganism? If they dig into Roman history, would they be afraid to discover that the adaptation of Christianity was political on the behalf of Constantine and his desire to unite both halves of the empire under one religion?

  • AlmightyJB||

    One might say that the pagens invented Christianity.

  • Ymmarta||

    One would be wrong. The New Testament - through Jesus and the apostles - references the Torah and ethnic Israel hundreds of times. Pagans had no such reverence for anything Jewish.

  • Paul.||

    Oh, Nick, it's "Harvest Festival". Clearly, you don't have brats in school.

  • SIV||

  • wwhorton||

    +138

  • Archduke von Pantsfan||

  • ||

    You know who else allegedly sent storm troopers to harass indigenous peoples?

  • SIV||

    Darth Vader?

    (Wait...are Ewoks people?)

    Mussolini?

  • Archduke von Pantsfan||

    allegedly? no, that was pretty well documented, actually.

  • SIV||

    Which language speakers are truly indigenous to Ethiopia or do you mean Endor?

  • Francisco d Anconia||

    That evul korperashun in the movie Avatar?

  • ||

    Not that there's anything wrong with that: 30 Bisexual Celebrities

    Megan Fox
    In a 2011 "Esquire" interview, Megan Fox famously confirmed her bisexuality, stating, "I think people are born bisexual and then make subconscious choices based on the pressures of society. I have no question in my mind about being bisexual. But I'm also a hypocrite: I would never date a girl who was bisexual, because that means they also sleep with men, and men are so dirty that I'd never want to sleep with a girl who had slept with a man."

    Her logic is impeccable.

    Drew Barrymore
    Drew Barrymore originally came out in an interview in Contact Magazine in 2003, saying, "Do I like women sexually? Yeah, I do. Totally. I have always considered myself bisexual... I love a woman's body. I think a woman and a woman together are beautiful, just as a man and a woman together are beautiful. Being with a woman is like exploring your own body, but through someone else."

  • ||

    wrong

    WRONG!? If anything, I wish MORE women were bisexual.

  • Irish||

    But I'm also a hypocrite: I would never date a girl who was bisexual, because that means they also sleep with men, and men are so dirty that I'd never want to sleep with a girl who had slept with a man."

    This is the weirdest logic I've ever read.

  • ||

    Yeah, that's pretty bizarre.

    I think what she actually means is that if the girl she's dating sleeps with a guy, there are one of two possibilities:

    1. Megan might not find the guy attractive, in which case *ew*
    2. Megan might find the guy attractive, in which case she will be jealous

    Also, by this logic, heterosexuals should only ever sleep with virgins.

  • SIV||

    I think people are born bisexual and then make subconscious choices based on the pressures of society.

    Choices? HATE SPEECH!

    (Megan Fox is actually stating something very close to what I believe is the truth of sexual orientation.)

  • Francisco d Anconia||

    Drew Barrymore is on my celebrity waiver list.

  • Archduke von Pantsfan||

    These are not the Denver Broncos.
    Are these the Denver Broncos?

  • Sevo||

    Are we not devo?

  • Warrren||

    I am not Devo.

  • Archduke von Pantsfan||

    Yikes

    Adam Schefter
    ‏@AdamSchefter
    Rams QB Sam Bradford tore his ACL. He's out for year...
  • SIV||

    If this link works this is a pretty cool item.

    If it doesn't look up the Alexander Gardner photos of the execution of the Lincoln assassination conspirators sold at Swann last week ($100k before any sales tax).

  • Archduke von Pantsfan||

  • Archduke von Pantsfan||

    Poetry

    Jose Canseco ‏@JoseCanseco 6m
    I saw Bud Selig on tv and threw up In my mouth .
    Jose Canseco ‏@JoseCanseco 5m
    I should be the commissioner of baseball .
  • Archduke von Pantsfan||

    So this is why there are so many Jennifers.

  • JidaKida||

    There is a dude that knows whats going on man.

    www.AnonWonders.tk

  • AlmightyJB||

    The further pussification of America.

  • Stilgar||

    Samhain is the religions holiday celebrated by the world's pagans (only some of whom may be in motorcycle gangs). It has little to do with what little Johnny is doing for his Halloween. At least I do not recall ever casting a circle at school and performing any particularly appropriate ritual.

  • DGPFL||

    "Willfully obtuse" describes school administrators pretty well...

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  • Kimberly Herbert||

    My school is going the opposite direction - This is the first year we get to dress up in costume. I'm so excited.

    About the peanut allergy thing. I have the most deadly version of the allergy.

    Normally I'm anti-ban because I think school is a safe place to learn to handle it with adults to helpl.

    Halloween is a different animal for me for several reasons.

    1. Some brands that are safe the rest of the year become unsafe at halloween because of packaging. Normally Hersey's are safe, but not miniatures, because they are made and packaged with goodbars. So a kid might eat something they recognized as safe and land in the ER.

    2. So many schools have a you take what you are given rule about the prizes. This can mean that a) all the candy a PA kid gets is dangerous and b) the peanut candy is mixed in with the safe candy.

    3. Kids are excited and that might cause them to forget the rules especially about touching. That is the scariest part of the allergy. A few years ago I was driving on I10 in Houston and realized my mouth tasted like I was chewing on aluminium foil. I pulled off near an ER and walked in. My O2 levels were dropping and it was close. I had NOT eaten anything not prepared in my house from scratch. The only thing I can figure is I had been at the mall and must have touched a door or something someone eating something with peanuts in it had just touched.

  • Ymmarta||

    It's not truly choice if the taxpayer still has to pay for these charter schools.

  • GamerFromJump||

    An entire generation is coming up with the utter incapability of caring for itself (aside from, you know, "caring"), or for dealing with even the slightest personal reverse.

    Be very afraid when they starting getting put in charge of things.

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