Valentine's Day Brings Out The Love Police
Oh tell me it ain't so.
First it was the food police stopping the infiltration of cupcakes, candy and colas in the classroom.
(I think they got a carrot stick hold five or six years ago, and gradually the list of banned goodies grew as childhood obesity grew. Recently, First Lady Michelle Obama announced plans to launch a major initiative to fight childhood obesity since 32 percent of children and adolescents tip the scales in the obese or overweight category.)
Most of us can probably live with the food police, but I feel a bit uncomfortable about the Love Police.
Yep, that's right--the Love Police.
According to the London Times, the head teacher at a primary school in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, banned Valentine cards, claiming they were inappropriate because he believed the children there were not emotionally mature enough to cope.
In a not-so-lovey-dovey note sent home to the parents of the 419 children who attend the school, the head teacher wrote: “We do not wish to see any Valentine’s Day cards in school this year. Any cards found in school will be confiscated."
He added: “Some children and parents encourage a lot of talk about boyfriends and girlfriends. We believe that such ideas should wait until children are mature enough emotionally and socially to understand the commitment involved in having or being a boyfriend or girlfriend.”
I don't believe children at that age should have boyfriends and girlfriends either. But whatever happened to bringing in Valentine's Day cards for the entire class? I don't know about you, but I remember cards with Snoopy, Scooby Doo, and SpongeBob.
Am I missing something here?