Monday, June 16th, 2008 | Author:

I suppose if you’re a high school principal like Dee Christopher in Rock Hill, SC, it’s natural to develop an exaggerated sense of your own importance. You have a school full of kids who live in mortal fear of you, a bit like some people fear God. So I can see how you might think that the whole world should bow down and do everything you say. I can even understand how you might get ticked off when it doesn’t.

But having people arrested for applauding at graduation is going a bit too far, even for someone as important as a principal. If, instead of teaching kids to think and reason, he’s teaching them to obey authority figures, regardless of how ludicrous they are, then I suggest that Mr. Christopher is in the wrong profession – and the wrong country. Maybe Cuba has some openings.

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