Sunday, December 20, 2009

Meepery in the First Degree

The word "meep" has been banned in a high school in Salem, which I'm sure I don't have to remind you was the home of the famous witch trials.

Bob Thompson, a pop culture professor at Syracuse University, said he first heard students meep about a year ago during a class screening of a television show.

"Something happened and one of them said 'Meep,'" he said. "And then they all started doing it."

The meeps, he said, came from all of the students in the class in rapid-fire succession. When he asked them what that meant, they said it didn't really mean anything.

"It's almost like they look at you like it's a silly question," he said.

But meeping doesn't seem to be funny to Danvers High School Principal Thomas Murray, who threatened to suspend students caught meeping in school. In an interview with the
Salem News, Murray -- who did not respond to e-mail or voice mail messages from -- said automated calls were made to parents, warning them of the possible punishment after administrators learned that students were conspiring online to mass-meep in one part of the school building . . .

Now that Principal Murray is old school! He's like the principals I remember from my own midschool and high school . . . clueless, pompous, assured of his own righteousness, and totally missing the point.

Next he'll be banning LOL, GNSD, and GD&R.



Blogger Dan said...

Err... Umm... Meep!

(Meep. For when there's nothing else left to say.)

5:28 AM  
Blogger john_appel said...

The utter and complete cluelessness (and lack of any semblance of a sense of humor) in most school administrators is common knowledge to parents. I'm fortunate that my kids have experienced a higher-than-usual ratio of administrators "with clue" to without.

10:49 AM  
Blogger Ralf the Dog said...

Dan, did you just Meep? BANNED!!!

I don't have the authority to ban you from this website, so I am banning you from a secret website I created that only I know about. Suffer you mindless Meeper for your inability to go to a place would not want to go if you could!

10:35 AM  

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