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(Ames Tribune)   Second-grader checks out two Rated-R movies from bookmobile during school hours   ( divider line
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2002-07-12 09:12:56 PM  
For the kids sake, I just hope it wasn't a Julia Roberts movie. That type of thing can scar you for life.
2002-07-13 01:55:14 AM  
I thought "Faces of Death 1 & 2" were on the required list for second grade (or were they on the optional?)
2002-07-13 01:57:11 AM  
Well, its a good thing he didn't check out and R-rated books. You know, like the Bible. Or Shakespeare. God Forbid.
2002-07-13 01:57:41 AM  
I can't wait for farkers to start posting in the comments section...
2002-07-13 02:00:47 AM  
I personally thing it is a grave injustice that America's children go from suckling upon glorious boobies, only to be prevented from looking at them at all shortly thereafter. I mean, what the hell is up with that?

2002-07-13 02:01:38 AM  
Thats bad...when i was that age i liked castles and dinosaurs and stuff, not r-rated movies. What the hell was were they doing in a bookmobile anyway? Makes you wonder what movies they were. I have a friend with a son in ames, i hope they have something better than r-rated movie by the time he's a second grader.
2002-07-13 02:02:51 AM  
Yeah, there's no proof that desensitizing people to all that R rated stuff is harmful. Practically have to be desensitized in this modern world of ours, or else you'll have a seizure. Like the pope will when he discovers alt.lifestyles.plushies.
2002-07-13 02:06:46 AM  
More fodder to turn the no-children-under-17 thing for R-rated movies into a law, which I think is a good thing. As someone who used to work in a movie theatre box office, I can say it would give us a much, much better retort when a 13-year-old is trying to get us to let him into "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" or something similar, and parents (at least in my area) don't tend to give a shiat. I've had parents try to sneak their 12-year-olds into an R-rated film because they don't want to stay. I've seen a 4-year-old being taken into "Hollow Man," and who had already seen "Boogie Nights." Sad.
2002-07-13 02:09:17 AM  
I had a friend that watched rated R movies for most of his childhood. Now, he's a farking moron.
2002-07-13 02:10:32 AM  
Dammit, they have to approve your comments on the article before they'll show them. Rats. I want those 4 minutes of my life back.
2002-07-13 02:11:07 AM  
If parents don't care, then let them see it.
If parents do care, then don't let them see it.
Other than that it, who cares?
Kids are over-rated.
2002-07-13 02:14:11 AM  
My Mom has bought me tickets for R-rated movies since I was 13 and there is nothing wrong with me. However, I think they should make sure it's alright with the parent. They are usually the best judge of what their kids can handle.
2002-07-13 02:16:45 AM  
The reason sex is taboo and violence is OK is that the country is run by the radical right-wing White Anglo Saxon Neo-Puritan Judeo-Christians who believe that Adam and Eve were ashamed to be naked and God said it was OK to smite your neighbors.

War good, sex bad. That's the Christian way.

Funny... we think less of Muslims because they veil their women in shrouds of cloth and believe in the concept of Jihad.

Pot, meet kettle.
2002-07-13 02:22:16 AM  
Actually, that's the Christian extremist way.

Though I'm sure you weren't trying to stereotype anyone.
2002-07-13 02:24:10 AM  
"War good, sex bad. That's the Christian way."

"Funny... we think less of Muslims"..

who fly planes into skysvrapers

"because they veil their women in shrouds of cloth and believe in the concept of Jihad."
2002-07-13 02:25:13 AM  
Smart kid.
2002-07-13 02:27:59 AM  
JWest: out of the millions of Muslims, 19 did that.

I wonder who would have more terrorist acts under their belt if we REALLY looked, Christians or Muslims? CHristians have been terrorizing people for centuries. It's only recently that the faith of Islam has begun to enter a dark age.
2002-07-13 02:29:44 AM  
Hmm... the fact that they don't list the films kind of leaves it vague.

How do we know if he got something beautiful like Donnie Darko?

Or something not so, like Freddie Got Fingered.
2002-07-13 02:31:11 AM  
Does it matter which group is the bigger terror? They both have their freaks and their share of normal, well-adjusted people.
2002-07-13 02:36:43 AM  
The little tike was heard to be yelling "NO! NO!, FARK! BOOBIES!" as school officials worked vehemently to release the youngster of the alleged pornographic videos
2002-07-13 02:36:49 AM  
Tairngire: True, but to say one is better or worse is incorrect IMO and maybe ridicule will enlightened them out of these new dark ages and maybe facing my gun rack towards Mecca is extreme though, I think about that one.
2002-07-13 02:48:49 AM  
All kidding aside, they found the videos before the kid watch them. They were looking after the child so no harm is/was done. No crisis, no destruction of are moral ideals. How many of us found questionable materials in your homes when you were kids? Let's see a rase of hands.


I found my dad's playboys and I turned out okay.
2002-07-13 02:58:28 AM  
why would there be R rated videos in the Bookmobile?
2002-07-13 03:01:23 AM  
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2002-07-13 03:02:57 AM  
Although the bookmobile
is parked on school property, it's the City of Gilbert that holds the library services contract with the Ames Public Library. Under Iowa code, all cities must provide library service.

Yes! 2nd graders may want to see Apocalpyse Now and such.

And books continue to be banned from high schools.
2002-07-13 03:03:55 AM  
SG: The Bookmobiles here are for kids and elderly who can't get around. Probably the same there. A little bit of everything on em though mostly kids.
2002-07-13 03:10:25 AM  

It just reminded me of the scene from Clerks, where the 6 (7) year old girl came in and bought cigs.
If you can't trust the staff to have common sense, take away the offending factor.
2002-07-13 03:20:10 AM  
That's mah girl!
2002-07-13 03:21:42 AM  
SG Many moons ago when I "clerked" a store, parents would send in their little ones from the car to buy beer and smokes all the time. Most were/became regulars.
I'd asked if they wanted kings or longs, etc and they'd go out and ask the parents untill they'd come in and I'd get to know em and it went pretty smooth after that. A simpler time. No beer sales because of the license regs etc.
2002-07-13 03:22:12 AM  
when i was in 5th grade, i watched all the Faces of Death with my friends, and friggin loved them.

i turned out ok.

so...ummmm.... shutup.
2002-07-13 03:29:44 AM  
Sweater Girl:

"why would there be R rated videos in the Bookmobile?"

The R rating, or the rating system on a "whole" is pretty vague. Do you know the names of the people who make this decision? I don't, but it's some group from somewhere. Since we don't know who they are, how can you put any faith into the decision they are deciding? I've seen PG movies like Sheck which pushed the boundaries - IMO and I've seen R movies that were R because of one word to get parents into the theater with their kids. I still say it's a no harm, no foul story. Should say to us that things aren't going ALL wrong. Responsible school officials and attentive parents, works for me! This story needs the HERO tag.
2002-07-13 03:31:32 AM  
Kermits photo:

FUNNY! Good one! :D
2002-07-13 03:38:32 AM  
Ah, but Country_boy its not about the school officials being responsible. In fact the story says they (the school) DON'T want the responsiblity of babysitting what the kids check out. And if the parents were "really" attentive they'd be going to the library WITH their kid. (IMO)

And no comment was made by the parents of this kid. Maybe he had permission to get those movies before hand. Like you said, some "R" rated movies are not that bad.
2002-07-13 03:38:35 AM  

Commen Sense.
2002-07-13 03:49:42 AM  
SG -- Its a bookmobile, they take a selction of everything the regular library has. School kids are not the only ones who use the thing. And who knows how many "stops" this particular bookmobile has in a day.

Course, I dont know if the idea of a 70 year old in a nursing home checking out "R" movies is any better..... ;^)
2002-07-13 03:54:11 AM  

Good point and I agree as too many parents use the schools as Day Care or baby sitters, shame. Should be that way.

SG: I wonder how common sense got it's name because it's not all that common.

I still say it's another media drool story. Fan the flame and sell them papers. To me it's just one more non-news news story.
2002-07-13 03:57:53 AM  
Won't anyone think of the children? What if the children had heard a swear word or viewed some boobies in the R rated films. They'd be totally and forever...well...nothing.
2002-07-13 04:00:52 AM  
In 4th grade our math teacher brought in Red Dawn and let us watch it in class. Yes, I lived in a town where Red Dawn was required watching at or as near as possible to 12 years old. After all, we were just a few years away from being potentially the only thing keeping them damn ruskies out of our god-forsaken middle american town.
2002-07-13 04:03:10 AM  
*snicker* Are you sure that wasn't just a lesson in bad acting???
2002-07-13 04:08:38 AM  
Schools Should NOT be Day Care or Baby Sitters. They should educate. I wanted to clarify that.
2002-07-13 05:48:58 AM  
I went to a bookmobile when I was like 7 or 8, and got like 3 books out. it was for the city library. I walk into the city library with my brand new library card, try to check out some books for a paper that's due the next day (of course), and they tell me I owe them 20 bucks.
WTH...I don't even remember the books!!
Libraries are cutthroat I tell ya.
2002-07-13 08:25:38 AM  
No videos should be in any library nor should any videos be allowed in any classroom! Johnny and Susie can't read now and yet instead of making kids read the library furnishes videos for them? Explain that! Too many teachers show videos on a weekly basis because they are too lazy to teach and you couple that TV time with the amount of time spent watching at home and you can see why we have so many dumb farkers who can't even figure out the correct change to give you when you buy something. AND, why spend my tax dollars for videos?
2002-07-13 09:04:47 AM  
"in loco parentis,"


They gotta use Latin to describe the technical aspects of controlling the input to a elementary school kid. But no one can just say....."let me look at your student ID".
2002-07-13 09:17:52 AM  
PlasticWorm: What's wrong with having videos in the PUBLIC library?? Many libraries carry them. They don't generally have the "new releases" like block buster, but you can find good classic movies sometimes. Not to mention the educational ones that you can find there.
2002-07-13 11:04:17 AM  
I'd move to Iowa if I had a fatal disease, the better to make the remainder of my life seem longer. MUUUUUCH longer.

I remember, once, I looked after some children after school as a favor for my host father when I was an exchange student. I remember showing them "Full Metal Jacket" and "The Hitcher", back to back!!! :) The parents would come in, see what I was showing, and leave w/their children w/no comment. Never complained to anyone in the school's administration. My guess is because they realized it was MAKE BELIEVE.
2002-07-13 12:12:28 PM  
Yeah, but WHICH R-Rated movies?
2002-07-13 12:45:43 PM  
Does it matter which group is the bigger terror? They both have their freaks and their share of normal, well-adjusted people.

Anyone that prays 5 times a day when they are suppose to be at work is a Freak!
2002-07-13 01:11:26 PM  
When I was in Junior High, we had a movie critiquing class where we watched movies and learned how to write clear critiques of them. One movie we watched was Alien.

G, PG, R, NC-17, XXX : it's all arbitrary anyway.
2002-07-13 02:48:02 PM  
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2002-07-13 02:58:31 PM  
Oh rated R!!!

Who the fark cares.
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