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Last month we told you the story of the Revere High School cheerleader named Caley Godino who was kicked off the cheering squad for tweeting this to her civics teacher:
“When only 10 percent of Revere votes for mayor cause the other 90 percent isn’t legal.”
The girl is a big Trump fan, who previously had no interest in politics. However, her teacher wants to engage her students in the presidential election by using twitter. It’s a great idea really, because kids are on their phones 24/7 anyway, and they’re mostly using it to tweet dumb shit like, “Luv u,” or “I’m so over school,” or, “I wish I could find a nice boy to cuddle with.” Go on any high school girl’s Twitter and 9 times out of 10 that’s the meaningless shit you’re gonna find.
But they have these powerful devices in the palm of their hands that we didn’t have growing up, and they’re not using them to their maximum potential. They have a world of knowledge at their disposal that we used to have to go through Encyclopedia Britannica for. But they’re wasting it. So I commend the teacher for the lesson she was conducting, which required students to have X amount of tweets regarding politics.
That’s why it’s so messed up that she got in trouble for tweeting that. The whole thing was a sting operation. The school forced her to get interested in politics, and then it backfired when she fell for Trump’s red meat rhetoric. Because the superintendent wants her to take an interest in politics, just as long as she favors the right candidate.
Anyway, factually speaking the tweet is not true, since 90% of Revere is not “illegal.” Nor was voter turnout only 10%. But that’s something that the teacher can teach her about. Because ultimately kids are there to learn.
Instead she was punished because it’s insensitive to a bunch of butthurts. Because in 2015 you can’t offend anyone. Ever. Lest you incur the wrath of the PC police .
In today’s Boston Globe, they reported that the school is now instituting “cultural sensitivity training” as a result of Caley’s tweet:
A month after a Revere High School cheerleader posted a tweet connecting low voter turnout to illegal immigrants, the school district is planning a new curriculum to educate students about the use of social media. The post prompted 100 of Revere High’s 1,700
students to complain to the school’s administration, Kelly said.
The new cultural sensitivity program will begin at Revere High School this winter, and will focus on social media use by students, cyber-bullying, and the digital footprint a child leaves on the Internet, said Superintendent Dianne K. Kelly. Kelly said the new social media sensitivity classes would be included in 30-minute advisory periods that all students attend three times a week during their four years at the school.
LOL. Off to re-education camps kids!! Superintendent Dianne Kelly embodies everything that is wrong with both the world and education. First of all, here’s the Turtleboy crash course in sensitivity training:
- Step 1 – get over it
- Step 2 – do your work
- Step 3 – problem solved
But the fact that they are doing this THREE TIMES a week, is another example of an administrator overusing her power at the expense of teachers and students. There’s only so many days in the school year and teachers all have huge curriculums to get through. Kids miss class all the time for things that we didn’t miss class for back in the day. There are lock downs, stay in place drills, assemblies about feelings, motivational speakers, and a plethora of other time wasters that take time away from real, actual learning.
But fuck it, Revere High School can afford to give up an hour and a half of time on learning every week because some people didn’t like a girl’s politically incorrect tweet.
We are raising an army of naniburgers. Kids who think that it is NEVER, EVER OK if they have their feelings hurt. Ever. If someone made you feel sad, the world literally must stop and we must cure your butthurt.
Hey kids, here are some things you could do if you see a tweet like Caley’s that you don’t like, or you feel like you’re being cyberbullied:
- Call her a moron.
- Post a link to something that disproves what she wrote, and then end it with a witty hashtag like #FactsOnly or #BoomRoasted. You automatically win the tweet beef if you do that.
- Block her and move on with your life.
- Quote her tweet in a retweet and just write, “LOL.”
- Respectfully engage her in a dialogue.
- If you’re being cyberbullied online, then don’t go online. Because they can’t cyberbully you if you’re not online.
But all of those ideas are too sensible and prepare students too much for the real world. Naturally then we have to lie to our kids and give them the impression that their feelings matter and take time away from learning to do so.
Here’s my question – what if Trump wins? He’s still a long shot, but stranger things have happened. Because what she said is basically a verbatim Trump-ism. Is everything that comes out of President Trump’s mouth automatically hate speech? Seriously, what would the PC police do if Trump became President? Would kids get in trouble for watching the State of the Union? Is there gonna be grief counseling any time President Trump delivers a message on TV? Turtleboy has no horse in the race for President, but from a blogger’s perspective, of course we want Trump. It would be freaking INSANE and we’d have shit to write about non-stop for the next four years.
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