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Spanky McFarlane Spanky McFarlane Goes After His Kid’s Principal At South High Because Cops Support The No-Hoodie Policy

Clive McFarlane is now going after his children’s principal simply because she wants to keep South High a safe place for everyone. 

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Last week we predicted that the hippies would call the ban on hooded sweatshirts at South and Burncoat racist, because generally they oppose any type of safety regulations in school. And of course right on cue Spanky McFarlane was the first one to take the bait. It’s probably why he was voted Worcester #1 hippie in our Turtleboy reader’s poll.

Anyway, allow me to paraphrase what he wrote.

I don’t like the hoodie ban, so I called up South High principal Maureen Binienda to lecture her on how this is yet another step in the criminalization of students at a young age. AKA the “school to prison pipeline.

The ban on the hoodies was influenced by the Worcester Police and the recent “summer of love” in which a million people got shot. The cops think there is a connection between hoodies and gangs. Therefore I am skeptical of this hoodie ban, because the police think it’s a good thing and I hate the cops because I was arrested for being a drunken asshole in 2004. 

I interviewed Rob Pezzella, the district’s safety liaison who Melinda Boone hates and refuses to listen to any input from, and he said the ban comes from the fact that teachers and principals can’t tell who students are if their hoods are on. 

If you get rid of hoodies without any dangerous or violent incidents happening first, you are violating student’s rights by assuming they are guilty and have something to hide without probable cause. You’re also limiting their style and self-expression. Unless hooded sweatshirts are causing an epidemic of dangerous and violent situations, then you shouldn’t be banning hoodies.

I interviewed Mrs. Binienda, who I really like. She said she was for the ban because she is really good at her job and thinks she can tell when a kid is having a bad day based on certain facial expressions. Even though this explanation makes perfect sense and I agree with her, I am still against the ban. Mainly because I’m just that itch on the bottom of your ass that you can never scratch enough.”


I’d link the article, but the way Spanky writes is so boring it would put you to sleep. Plus, no clicks for Clive.

Anyway, obviously he’s insane. We know that by now. The funniest part about his nonsense was his overall point that we shouldn’t ban hoodies, or anything else, unless they’ve caused an epidemic of violence. Because why be proactive when you can just wait for someone to get stabbed instead? It wouldn’t be the first time someone got stabbed at South. In 1989 a student was killed in the hallways.

That’s just how Spanky rolls though. He hates cops so much that he’s willing to let students get hurt before taking their input on anything. And if you disagree with him then you’re racist and he’s gonna write a column about you.

What Spanky fails to mention is that his kid goes to South High School. Think about that for a minute. A parent of a student called up the principal of his child’s high school, threatening to write a negative column about her in a newspaper, simply because he can’t get over his distrust of the police. He didn’t call up William Foley at Burncoat High School, even though they have the same ban. Because his kids don’t go to Burncoat.


This is what he does. He takes personal vendettas and brings them into the workplace. He uses the Telegram and Gazette as a bully pulpit to shame people who are just trying to make the world a safer place. The next time someone says that Turtleboy is a hate blog, just remind them that we don’t us our blog to get revenge on Turtleboy Jr’s pre-school teachers because we disagree with their philosophy on how to run their school.

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13 Comment(s)
  • September 28, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    Dress codes are good for schools,some parents let their sons sag their pants like a hooker in jail,and some let their girls dress like hookers they see on tv. If only some were smart enough to read saggin backwards they’d know why white record company presidents tell there rappers how to dress.

  • RJ
    September 28, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    It’s a school. As long as they aren’t making the kids wear thongs, who cares?

    Anyone who “expresses themselves” by wearing a hoodie is a complete loser. Oh, your sweatshirt has a hood? Wow man, that’s super deep. I wonder if the other hundred million kids who own a hoodie are also expressing themselves in the same exact way or if your hoodie is so unique and special that it truly expresses who you really are. Yeah, putting on something that someone else designed and someone else made that you bought in a store when you grabbed it from the shelf that had 50 identical ones right next to it is really a great way to show your individuality.

  • H
    September 28, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Hoodies & Hats have been banned from most schools for a while now so I don’t get why these assholes are getting pissed over it.. It is what it is like it or not just shut up already about the issue .. All the thugs & gangbanging assholes can drop out if they dont like it..

  • An
    September 28, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Yo, Clive. Let me bend your ear a minute man.

    First of all, you will note that banks and many conveince stores have signs which read, “remove hoodies, sunglasses, or hats” before entering. Why do you think they make this request? Do you think it’s because they are want to poop on people’s rights to express themselves? Or because they don’t like “people of color”? If that is the case then there is no helping you man.

    The point is saftey. Because people who come into those establishments well, any establishment with their identity obcured is usually up to no good. It’s not a fashion statement. It’s part of CRIMINAL CULTURE. Period.

    Naturally, if the schools want to stop the so-called and much vaunted school to prison pipeline , then they will put a nix on things which perpetuate crimes. Hoodies. Keep the kids on the straight and narrow. Kids are kids. They don’t get a say in school. Kids get their say after they’ve grown up and their cerbral cortex has hopefully developed enough for them to make rational reasonable decisions.

    That said, Worcester schools should just go the Rhode Island route and have school uniforms. That will save a lot of this pain in the but mumbo jumbo. Kids can “extert their idenity” on their own time school is for learning to read, write and think critically. It is not a fashion show or the red carpet.

  • RSoxGuy
    September 28, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Funny this rule has been in place for nearly 20 years but that never made it into his race baiting column. Must have been his Geraldo, and Zimmerman references and blaming the evil police must have taken up too much space. No room for facts and common sense, you know, the usual.

  • Jafreese
    September 28, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Jimeny H Cricket, I have to explain dressing appropriately for school to my elementary school kids. Shouldn’t have to explain to a grown man that the school shouldn’t be concerned with allowing kids to show their style and self expression, especially over safety issues.

  • Chris From Georgia
    September 28, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    So glad I moved out of Worcester and my son does not have to attend those schools. Much safer down here. Spanky can go F*** himself!

    • Chris friom Worcestert
      September 29, 2015 at 5:56 am

      Chris, you’re fucked up. You always say you’re glad to have left Worcester but you just won’t go away. You hung around the T&G for years making nonstop stupid comments now you found TB and here you are again. Get a freaking life in Georgia finally. Piss off stupid.

      • GoneWest
        October 2, 2015 at 10:36 am

        I was about to say the same thing but in a way less salty way.

    • colleen
      September 29, 2015 at 8:22 am

      Miss you- Chris from Georgia….conservative independent/finn

  • Areyouserious?
    September 28, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    i graduated from Burncoat in 97 and we couldn’t wear hoodies in junior high or high school.

  • Wabbitt
    September 28, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    During my time at South (1994-1998), I can recall the following incidents…

    A lockdown due to a massive brawl during homeroom.
    An assistant principal protecting a kid who was jumped in the back parking lot by four Doherty kids.
    An instructor getting knocked unconscious when he tried to break up a fight.
    A kid shot and killed in front of the former White Hen Pantry (apparently it’s now a 7 Eleven) on Main St after a half-day.
    An approximately two week stretch in the middle of winter where the fire alarms were being pulled at least three times a day.

    But, all of this stuff miraculously cleared up once they actually put an on duty cop in the building. Literally NOTHING of note happened during my junior and senior years. But, of course, that means the inherently racist cop was using his white privilege to intimidate the proud black youths – forcibly shoving them into the school to prison pipeline.

    Except… I still communicate with a lot of people I went to high school with, quite a few of them people of color, and NONE of them have done any jail time. Maybe it’s because they aren’t a bunch of violent, criminal fuck ups.

    Wait… no… that’s just my privilege popping up again.

    • Wabbitt
      September 28, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      By the way, TB – you’re KILLING me with the word filters, man. Normal people don’t say instructors in this context, but I have to in order to post. Same with the kids who attend a school. There’s a word for that and you can’t use it.

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