Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Let's Done Shoot Us Some Books, Y'all

Fahrenheit 451's got nothin' on Oklahoma.

In the Sooner State, the Republican candidate for state schools superintendent, Bill Crozier, has his own plan to curb school violence: Protect yourself with old textbooks. This video, courtesy KOCO, must be seen to be believed.

Why do I have the suspicion that ol' Bill and his chums would prefer to shoot up a bunch o' science textbooks?


At 4:56 PM, Blogger Cassandra D said...

Yep. Somehow I don't think they cared for Calculus.

At 5:37 PM, Anonymous turtle said...

Speaking of violence against kids, if you missed Bill Maher's "new rules" this last week, your last chance will be tonight. His sign-off rant is absolutely brilliant.

At 6:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He and Ray McCarter - a Democrat lawmaker and former school superintendent - seem to have a lot in common.

At 7:36 PM, Blogger CGHill said...

I don't see the advantage of using science textbooks in this manner: in this state, they tend to be, you know, thinner than average.

At 10:34 AM, Anonymous Brett said...

A couple of caveats first -- One, Mr. Crozier is right about the shooting in Ft. Gibson, in which a bullet was stopped by a textbook in a backpack.

Two, it might be time to take a closer look at how armed intruders in schools are handled. The usual "do what the intruder says" model has seemed to work most often when that intruder either wants something or is fleeing police or somehow cornered when sought for another crime.

But two of the most recent intrusions have been by men whose goal seemed to be sexual assault against students and then take their own lives. These men seemed much less open to negotiation. The Columbine shooters also simply wanted to take as many lives as possible before dying. Other strategies might be needed -- I have no idea what they are, or even if any other strategies are feasible (arming teachers, for example, might work, but it makes me very uneasy and I don't know if it would ever be a good idea).

Still, with those said, I think Mr. Crozier is a nut.

At 1:35 PM, Blogger Zeno said...

Hmm. Books as shields, eh? Crozier's brilliant experiment inspires me to point out that big fat calculus books are a great way to build yourself a fort. I mean, if you have a bunch of them lying about within convenient reach.

At 10:10 PM, Anonymous flamewhore said...

I saw the clip of him shooting books on Keith Olberman's show last night.


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