Can “firing up the imagination” be a bad thing? When you’re young, autistic and, oh, scared shitless by UFOs, I’m afraid the answer is “yes!”
A Sussex primary school has been accused of terrifying pupils after pretending a teacher had been abducted by aliens. The stunt by Southway Junior School in Burgess Hill was intended to promote creative writing skills, reports the Daily Mail. Head Diana Goss told pupils an alien craft had crashed near the school and pupils were encouraged to ‘follow a trail of debris’ before stumbling across the UFO. Sussex Police set up a crime scene around the crashed craft and supplied a police constable and a community support officer for two hours to help the children produce witness statements. Pupils were told that Joy Law, the school’s learning support teacher, who is responsible for special needs pupils, had been abducted.
Parents condemned the school for ‘terrifying’ their children and claimed teachers had gone over the top in trying to ‘fire their imagination’. Linda Molds, whose son Harry, nine, is autistic, said: “Harry will take everything you say literally, so when he was told aliens had taken Mrs Law away and the police were investigating - and then he actually saw the police - he believed every word.”
Lisa Maynard, 34, whose nine-year-old daughter Ashleigh is also a pupil at the school, said: “It was just too realistic, too dramatic. All the police, the sirens, the cordon - it was just too much.” The school has released a statement saying: “The children were reassured throughout the morning that they were perfectly safe. They produced some excellent creative and factual writing.”
Sussex Police said: “The police input was well-intentioned, and it was thought pupils would have a fun day.”
My husband found this curious poster taped on a telephone pole in Los Angeles. I’m not exactly sure what this fellow wants, other than to meet some fly white, Asian and Latina ladies to help him with “things.” Apparently he likes rapping and playing chess. We at Dangerous Minds wish him the best of luck with his future endeavors.
Update: A savvy Boing Boing commenter points out that the guy’s a) prolific b) known.
I couldn’t find much information on German group New Production Goes to Munich’s 1987 hit “Tippen Ein.” But, for all you Tim and Eric fans out there, I think you’ll really love this twisted synthpop masterpiece. Genius.
Here’s a link to a live version of “Tippen Ein”
Here’s a fantastic website dedicated to the most awesome collection of stewardess uniforms ever. Website owner, Cliff Muskiet says:
Ever since my early childhood, I have been interested and fascinated by the world of aviation. I used to collect everything that wore an airline name or logo, such as posters, postcards, stickers, timetables, safety cards and airplane models.
Sometime in 1980 I was given my first uniform by one of my mother’s friends. I was so excited and I wanted to have more uniforms. In 1982 I heard that two charter airlines were introducing new uniforms. I wasted no time, I called these airlines and as a result I was invited to pick up a set of old uniforms. Between 1982 and 1993 I didn’t do much to obtain any more uniforms, something I really regret now as I could have had many many more! Most of my uniforms were obtained between 1993 and today. At the moment my collection contains more than 800 different uniforms from various airlines worldwide.