Re: youth protection (?)
Bruce Harper (bharper@VT.EDU)
Tue, 10 May 1994 15:08:08 +0900
James R. Holman" <jrholman@MAGNUS.ACS.OHIO-STATE.EDU>
posted information about eclipse viewing and a response:
>the entire school is required to stay indoors during the entirety
>of the eclipse with the shades drawn, missing recesses and everything else.
Out of your whole post, this line really struck me--this seems to be what
the complaining parent wants--keep the kid inside with the shades drawn,
missing everything. I pity the child in this family (I also look with
disdain on the school administrators with no backbone who gave in to this
looney). If there was such concern on the part of some parents, why didn't
they just keep their kids home from school and keep quiet? Instead, they
spoiled a great learning experience and shot a big hole in James' enthusiasm
to volunteer to help out in the future. I know it isn't easy to raise
children these days and I am just as protective of my three boys as the
next concerned parent, but I don't go out of my way to "draw the shades"
on life just because _something_ might happen.
I don't know the answer to this one. I am sorry your plans were ruined,
James. I hope you did go ahead with your viewing with your children and
will not let this episode sour you on being an active parent in school.
Bruce in Blacksburg
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