You can’t make this stuff up:
MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA) — They call themselves the “Christmas Sweater Club” because they wear the craziest ones they can find. They also sing Christmas songs at school and try their best to spread Christmas cheer.
Now all 10 of them are in trouble because of what they did at their school.
“They said, ‘maliciously maim students with the intent to injure.’ And I don’t think any of us here intentionally meant to injure anyone, or did,” said Zakk Rhine, a junior at Battlefield High School.
The boys say they were just tossing small two-inch candy canes to fellow students as they entered school. The ones in plastic wrap that are so small they often break apart.
Skylar Torbett, also a junior, said administrators told him, “They said the candy canes are weapons because you can sharpen them with your mouth and stab people with them.” He said neither he nor any of their friend did that.
Next thing they knew, they were all being punished with detention and at least two hours of cleaning. Their disciplinary notices say nothing about malicious wounding but about littering and creating a disturbance.
More to the story? Possibly, but this is consistent with the over-the-top “security” concerns at many schools I’ve seen.
And here’s a school administrator that must be a blast at parties:
Mother Kathleen Flannery said an administrator called her and explained “not everyone wants Christmas cheer. That suicide rates are up over Christmas, and that they should keep their cheer to themselves, perhaps.”
A couple of things surprise me, beyond the obvious. First, “Battlefield” high school? I can’t believe there’s not a discussion going on to get rid of that name and replace it with “Cuddly Teddy Bear” high school or something less dangerous sounding. Also, they’re still allowed to say Christmas? That’s surprising.
This group should change their name to the “Ramadan Sweater Club” and I bet the school wouldn’t have dared screw with them.
(h/t Weasel Zippers)