If Glenn had opened this morning’s radio program with the following ‘joke,’ would there have been serious repercussions?
A teacher, a lawyer, and a priest get on a plane. The plane is going down and the teacher says, ‘We have to save the children.’ The attorney says, ‘F*** the children. And the priest says, “Oh, do we have time for that?’
Without a shadow of a doubt, that ‘joke’ would have – rightfully so – been deemed inappropriate. Well, that joke was one of several profanity-laced, offensive jokes uttered during a recent high school awards ceremony in Washington that caused one concerned mother to leave in tears.
A Washington state parent is speaking out after she was left stunned by a school awards ceremony that she said featured profanity, inappropriate jokes and a box of sex toys.
The parent, who sent an email to KOMO-TV, but wished to remain anonymous, said she was left in tears by what she witnessed when she accompanied her 17-year-old daughter to the event put on by Bellingham High School drama teacher Teri Grimes.
“I sat there with my mouth open in shock and the final straw was when a joke was told on stage about a teacher, a lawyer and a priest on a plane,” the unidentified parent wrote to KOMO. “The plane was going down and the teacher says we have to save the children. The attorney says ‘F*** the children!’ and the priest says ‘OOOOH..Do we have time for that???’”
That’s when the parent says she left.
On radio this morning, Glenn reacted to the bizarre assembly and questioned what we are allowing to happen in our schools. As Glenn explained, our children “are in danger.”
In the email to KOMO, the unidentified parent explained the program included several instances of vulgar language. Furthermore, the high school students were given awards like “the horniest stud,” which featured a box of sex toys as the prize.
What is going on in our schools,” Glenn asked exasperatedly. “You don't have to be conservative to think that this is inappropriate in school.”
On Tuesday, Grimes, the veteran drama club teacher who oversaw the event, issued an apology that the concerned parent has apparently accepted.
“I deeply apologize for some very inappropriate comments and actions made during our drama students’ end-of-the-year awards ceremony,” she wrote. “This is not representative of our students who take such great pride in their school and respect one another.”
“Much of the evening was a great celebration of their work,” she continued. “However, as a teacher and the club’s leader, I take full responsibility and am extremely sorry.”
In the past, as Glenn explained, he would cover stories like this and throw out the idea of homeschooling as an alternative. Needless to say, homeschooling requires a huge commitment, and while it might not be for everyone, Glenn believes it is time to start figuring out a way to make it available to as many children as possible.
“Whenever stuff like this used to come up, ‘homeschooling’ came out of my mouth. And homeschooling isn't for everybody,” Glenn said. “Except, at this point, when this is happening widespread all across the country in towns like Bellingham, Washington… with everything that's happening with Common Core and everything else, let me tell you something: It is time that homeschooling is for everybody. Some variation is for everyone. Our kids are in danger."
Below is the KOMO report:
Here's more on this story from Thursday's Daily Briefing: