Yesterday I was reading a newspaper article about a middle school in Sioux City Iowa that was doing their part to help others in need. The teachers at the school noticed that many students were not eating on the
weekends for various reasons. The school applied for a grant and asked for money and food donations. Letters were sent home asking families if they were
interested in receiving food packs for the weekends and 52 families signed up. A non-profit organization called “Food For Thought” was created and they claim they want to pay-it-forward and help others. Adults and students volunteer to organize the food giveaways. I think what they are doing is a travesty.
If the teachers suspected some students were not eating on the weekends shouldn’t they have contacted social services to check it out? Providing food is an important part of being a parent and if these parents
aren’t doing that than maybe they need some assistance and parenting classes. I think it’s great and wonderful that people want to help out but I’m not sure that this is the avenue they should be taking. A person’s inability to provide food for their children is extremely serious. Weekend food packs are a nice
gesture but I think these families need something more. Among other things these families need to be monitored for the sake of the children.
Locks of Love
A 17 year old boy from Michigan was suspended from school a few days ago. The boy is in violation of a school policy involving hair. The policy for boys is, “Hair must be clean, neat, free of unnatural or distracting colors, off the collar, off the ears and out of the eyes.” When this boys hair was over his ears and in his eyes the school asked him to cut it. He refused. The boy is a leukemia survivor and claims he is growing his hair for Locks of Love. The boy’s mother is standing behind him.
To donate to Locks of Love your hair must be 10 inches long, this boys hair is 2.5 inches. So now the big media push is on and everyone is saying shame on the school. I say shame on society. This kid and his mother have known the school rules for over three years as the boy is a senior. Next, when you donate to locks of love you must send in a ponytail or braid. NOT the hair that grows above the ears or over the eyes. This boy could easily cut his bangs and the hair above his ears and still be doing his thing for Locks of Love. By the time he graduates (in a few months) the hair in the back won’t be that much longer. But now that he decided to be a nonconformist we all have to hear about this idiot, his mother and his plight.
His mother is concerned because he is missing out on his senior year of high school. I’m sure she is heartbroken with the ABC news interview and
the other various forms of media she has been meeting with. There is an on-line petition they now are encouraging people to sign. I say if you want to fight for a cause then know what you are doing. This is silly. The kid will graduate from high school soon and will turn 18 and will then enter into the real world where you can’t have a fit and get your way. There are many people in this world that work for companies that have dress codes. If you don’t like the company policies, than don’t work for the company. If you don’t like the school policies then don’t whine when you get suspended for not following them.
What has this world come to? And most people won’t even give you their honest opinion on the subject for fear that they will look like they don’t support cancer patients or the Locks of Love program. They will sign the petitions, join the Facebook bandwagons and do whatever it takes to be a part of the “in” crowd. But not me, you can always count on me to give you my honest opinion because I think I see the world a little differently than most. I do support cancer patients
and the Locks of Love program but I do not and will not support people who cannot follow the basic rules of society.
Let me jump down off of this soapbox now. Ahh that’s better.
Have a good day passengers!