Friday, November 19, 2010


Whitman Hanson Regional High School is in Whitman, Massachusetts. It’s about 25 miles from Boston. Leaders in the school think like stereotypical liberal/progressives.

Traditionally at Whitman Hanson, the annual pep rally and Thanksgiving football game has been special, as each class has worn different colors to the events: The seniors wore black; Juniors wore red; Sophomores wore white and Freshmen wore pink.

There have never been any reported issues connected with this practice, and there have been none this year, either.

But a new principal, Jeffrey Szymaniak, says he is not a fan of the color pink because he says leads to teasing.

So far, it hasn’t led to teasing, but it might.

Szymaniak wants students to wear only school colors…red and black.

If you are a student and show up wearing pink, you won’t be allowed in at the pep rally, but will be ushered to a separate room with different activities.

I’m sure that will reduce teasing.

Seven thousand, four hundred and fifty-five years ago, when I was a Freshman in high school (Paris American High, in Paris, France), Freshman initiation was specifically designed for teasing, and we all joined in with great enthusiasm.

Freshmen had to wear their clothes inside out wear different colored socks and a shoe from a different pair on each foot. We had to wear them all day long…to class and between classes.

If we were stopped in the hallway by a Senior, we had to carry his/her books to class and still make it to our class after reciting to the Senior, “I am a pathological, putrid piece of protoplasm, whose prime purpose on this painful path of pedantic progress is to pause and ponder profound platitudes.”

We knew it was teasing…maybe even a little degrading (pardon the pun…think about it…Freshman…9th grade…degrading…get it?), but we knew each Senior had done the same in his/her Freshman year, and we thought of it as our costume party.

In the case of Whitman Hanson Regional High School, Principal Szymaniak hopes to ward off any bullying that might take place because of some perceived dishonor in wearing pink.

Szymaniak is a PC idiot. Watch him in the video here.

If I were a Freshman there, I would wear black and red to the pep rally and football game and pink all the rest of the school year.

But I would be a really old looking Freshman.


WomanHonorThyself said...

lol o gosh what next JOE~!

Joe said...

WHT: Incredible, isn't it?

Susannah said...

I wasn't much into these kind of antics in HS. I, personally, didn't want to submit myself to such (hint: I took myself waaaay too seriously in HS -- this changed in college, thank goodness). However, the whole PC thing is really obnoxious now.

Time to STOP taking ourselves so seriously!