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Monday, January 29, 2007

And Peace Reigns Once Again

Oh, people. Sorry I didn't post earlier today, but I've recently become very unpopular with the middle school set. I banned video games in the library for the week and I've been dealing with the repercussions since. I mean, I'm pretty sure I can regain my lost cred when I chaperone the school dance (busting out the hip hop moves to some classic Vanilla Ice always wins back their affections- they're so easy), but the kiddos took it pretty hard today.

On the bright side, my library is once again library-like. There's no shouting, swearing, or crowds. Kids were doing homework and there were no fisticuffs over the computers. In short, it was no longer like the mall arcade. It was... peaceful.

That's not to say the library wasn't hopping. I had kind of thought that because of the imposed ban that the computers would be empty, but they were all full of students doing work when I walked by. I was actually pretty impressed, until I walked by one of our more socially unfortunate 6th grade boys and saw this:

GAY PARADE
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At first I thought he was just looking up images to get a laugh from his friends. I was about to send him for a little discussion with the Health teacher about respect, when I decided to just ask him point blank what he was doing.

Apparently, he was doing a travel brochure on San Francisco and discovered that the gay pride parade was a large tourist attraction there, so he wanted to include it in his PowerPoint. Normally I would think this was the wise guy answer, but this kid just does not have it in him. Like I said, he's kind of special. Sigh. So I let him keep it. I mean, I guess it was better than the two boys making their own WWE PowerPoint presentation, just for fun. Right?

9 Comments:

Anonymous alyndabear rocks hardcore!

Our teacher/librarian would probably roast the kids up for breakfast if she caught them playing games in the library.

Can I come teach at your school? I promise not to search for anything too naughty on your computers. ;)

5:05 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous rocks hardcore!

maybe he is gay and is trying to express that??????

5:13 AM

 
Blogger NancyPearlWannabe rocks hardcore!

Aly- You can come teach here, you'd like it. Very quiet, very New England. Right outside the city. Quite lovely, really.

Anon- There are definitely some kids that I would think were trying to express such a thing, but not this one. He really just had no clue why that might be a strange thing to include in your 6th grade Computer class travel brochure.

8:10 AM

 
Blogger Beej rocks hardcore!

but....without videogames how will those westward adventurers ever survive the Oregon Trail? For shame, madam. For shame.

9:13 AM

 
Blogger NancyPearlWannabe rocks hardcore!

Oh, Ben. If only they were playing Oregon Trail. It's more like Death Combat VII- you know, the one where they try to aim spears directly into their opponents eyes to make the biggest blood spatter possible?

9:43 AM

 
Blogger stilettoheights rocks hardcore!

please make sure when you "bust it" to Vanilla Ice that you do it to the theme form the bad Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie...

"Go Ninja, Go Ninja Go!"

9:56 AM

 
Blogger CarpeDM rocks hardcore!

Oh dear. I can see where this is going to go. I absolutely love that sign though. "Maybe it's just a phase" indeed.

Why would you need to play video games in a library? Libraries are about books. Books are our friends. I miss libraries.

10:31 AM

 
Blogger NancyPearlWannabe rocks hardcore!

S- I kind of wanted to do the Roger Rabbit. Is that so wrong?

CDM- The books don't make beeping noises at them and flash images rapid-fire into their addled brains.

12:22 PM

 
Blogger Ween rocks hardcore!

I was thinking more along the lines of the Cabbage Patch.

I have a white girl version of the Running Man I can share. It involves a lot of arm flailing, and is fun when you're stuck in traffic.

12:46 PM

 

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