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(NYPost)   Crappy Idea, or Greatest Idea: Chaos ensues after high school principal replaces hall passes with toilet plungers   (nypost.com) divider line 42
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2012-10-13 12:00:09 PM  
Should have given out toilets -- not just the plungers. All that broken porcelain in the hall on the first day could have signaled something was wrong.

Nice idea, though.
 
2012-10-13 12:10:54 PM  
At my high school, all of the hall passes were attached to some large, unwieldy item to a) allow them to be recognized at a glace by administrators who wouldn't have to waste their own or the student's time asking to see a pass and b) make it hard for students to lose them. The teachers were allowed to get creative with them - the art room pass that I used most often was attached to a giant two foot long pencil, while one of the science teachers had his attached to a toilet seat. Oddly enough, neither I nor any of my classmates ever considered stabbing anyone with the two foot long pencil, but then again I grew up in the burbs.
 
2012-10-13 12:20:30 PM  
Bad idea:

1) Unsanitary
2) Stigmatizes students who may have a health condition
 
2012-10-13 12:28:33 PM  
Already been done:

i212.photobucket.com

"Urinate! Urinate! Urinate!"
 
2012-10-13 02:30:43 PM  
At my HS, one teacher used a toilet seat (the ring) for a hall pass, which inspired all the other teachers to get creative. More than a few went with plungers.

I think it was supposed to make us embarrassed to ask for frivolous hall passes, but it only encouraged most of us.
 
2012-10-13 02:36:14 PM  
toilet plunger = a weapon.

I'm waiting for the first plunger related beating.
 
2012-10-13 02:37:27 PM  
using wooden toilet plungers

I know they mean wood-handled plungers, but for a second, I imagined a full wooden plunger.

Like, do they make the head of a wooden plunger out of rattan or bamboo or some other flexible wood?
 
2012-10-13 02:41:03 PM  
graphics8.nytimes.com

Does not approve.
 
2012-10-13 02:42:31 PM  
FTA "caught wind of it from school security officers and pooh-poohed the plan."

You know, if there's one thing I've learnt from being in the Army, it's never ignore a pooh-pooh. I knew a Major, who got pooh-poohed, made the mistake of ignoring the pooh-pooh. He pooh-poohed it! Fatal error! 'Cos it turned out all along that the soldier who pooh-poohed him had been pooh-poohing a lot of other officers who pooh-poohed their pooh-poohs. In the end, we had to disband the regiment. Morale totally destroyed... by pooh-pooh
 
2012-10-13 02:43:41 PM  
WAIT! You guys got to leave class to pee?

Unfarking believable.
 
2012-10-13 02:46:01 PM  

Zombie DJ: WAIT! You guys got to leave class to pee?

Unfarking believable.


No kidding, next time wear Depends, or bring a 2L Coke bottle.

/it's what all the cool kids playing online MMORPGs who are raiding wear...
 
2012-10-13 02:46:28 PM  

lordargent: using wooden toilet plungers

I know they mean wood-handled plungers, but for a second, I imagined a full wooden plunger.

Like, do they make the head of a wooden plunger out of rattan or bamboo or some other flexible wood?


A wooden toilet plunger?

Wow, just wow.
 
2012-10-13 02:47:02 PM  

TheHighlandHowler: Bad idea:

1) Unsanitary
2) Stigmatizes students who may have a health condition


Really? You sound like a pussy. Our teachers were allowed to make the hall pass whatever they wanted it to be we had toilet seats, cinder blocks, hub caps you name it and if you feel shamed because you have to carry something to the bathroom with you you have much bigger emotional problems than you do bladder problems. Why don't we just make all of the students in the school put on blindfolds anytime someone has to pee. They can have a special bell that alerts the entire school someone has to tinkle so they can all put on their blindfolds so the precious little snowflake doesn't get embarrassed.
 
2012-10-13 02:56:40 PM  
We just used a little green slip of paper. Seemed to work fine.
 
2012-10-13 02:56:43 PM  
FTFA: The HS of Graphic Communication Arts was given an "F" grade in 2011, and was initially slated to be overhauled this summer with roughly half its staff members replaced. It would have been closed and reopened last month with a new name.

But the teachers union won a lawsuit prohibiting the city from making the changes at the school and at nearly two dozen others


Seems like this was the staff of the school finding a new way to flip off everyone.


Students said they wished he had spent less time worrying about the hall passes and more time worrying about their class schedules, which they said have been changed several times since the start of the school year.

Hundreds of kids spent the first week or two of school in the auditorium with nothing to do while administrators sorted out their schedules, students said.


It's like the staff was daring the students to put those plunger handles somewhere.
 
2012-10-13 03:00:12 PM  
BATMAN!
 
2012-10-13 03:04:04 PM  

chuckufarlie: toilet plunger = a weapon.

I'm waiting for the first plunger related beating.


Abner Louima just gave you the finger
 
2012-10-13 03:06:21 PM  
Because why not humiliate some girl who just wants to go to the bathroom because her period started.

IMO students would act more adultlike if adults didn't treat them all like small children.
 
2012-10-13 03:15:55 PM  
I think we just had notes in high school, but in middle school, each classroom had a wooden hall pass that looked like a miniature paddle - green with white numbers (school colors). Looked like the kind of thing you might see a gas station restroom key hanging from.

Heh, whaddaya know . . . like this:

www.highsmith.com
 
2012-10-13 03:17:02 PM  
Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom
We just used a little green slip of paper. Seemed to work fine.


We didn't use anything. Seemed to work fine as well.
 
2012-10-13 03:24:35 PM  

aimtastic: At my high school, all of the hall passes were attached to some large, unwieldy item to a) allow them to be recognized at a glace by administrators who wouldn't have to waste their own or the student's time asking to see a pass and b) make it hard for students to lose them. The teachers were allowed to get creative with them - the art room pass that I used most often was attached to a giant two foot long pencil, while one of the science teachers had his attached to a toilet seat. Oddly enough, neither I nor any of my classmates ever considered stabbing anyone with the two foot long pencil, but then again I grew up in the burbs.


I made my passes out of balsa wood and painted them with neon colors and used puffy paint for the letters. I also used glitter (lots of it), and I used sparkly garland, so my students wear them around their necks.

/Elementary art teacher
 
2012-10-13 04:05:46 PM  
FTA...Students said they wished he had spent less time worrying about the hall passes and more time worrying about their class schedules, which they said have been changed several times since the start of the school year.

Hundreds of kids spent the first week or two of school in the auditorium with nothing to do while administrators sorted out their schedules, students said.

Several students said they were asked as recently as last week about their supposedly poor attendance in classes they didn't even know they had been registered for.
 
2012-10-13 04:18:18 PM  

chuckufarlie: toilet plunger = a weapon.

I'm waiting for the first plunger related beating.


Best weapon to use to beat the shiat out of someone....
 
2012-10-13 04:30:40 PM  
The half-baked scheme by the second-year principal at the HS of Graphic Communication Arts that placed 2-foot-long plungers in every classroom...

Half-baked, or baked out of his motherfarking gourd?
 
2012-10-13 04:44:05 PM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: We just used a little green slip of paper. Seemed to work fine.


Yeah. I don't get how this system of using a plunger or some other durable item even works. How does it get returned to the classroom when the student is going someplace from which he is not going to be returning? Our teachers had little pads of them. They wrote one out, tore it off and gave it to you.
 
2012-10-13 04:44:16 PM  
The HS of Graphic Communication Arts was given an "F" grade in 2011, and was initially slated to be overhauled this summer with roughly half its staff members replaced. It would have been closed and reopened last month with a new name.

But the teachers union won a lawsuit prohibiting the city from making the changes at the school and at nearly two dozen others.


Thank God they headed that off. What would we do if there were consequences to being bad at your job?
 
2012-10-13 04:51:32 PM  

Benjimin_Dover: Yeah. I don't get how this system of using a plunger or some other durable item even works. How does it get returned to the classroom when the student is going someplace from which he is not going to be returning? Our teachers had little pads of them. They wrote one out, tore it off and gave it to you.


My school had both. If you were leaving the classroom to go to the bathroom or to run an errand for the teacher or whatever, some trip from which you would return to the same room, you took the big pass. If you were getting summoned from a classroom to the office, or had a note from your parents to leave early or anything like that, you got the little paper slip.
 
2012-10-13 05:25:46 PM  
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2012-10-13 05:33:36 PM  
Our trig teacher had his attached to a life preserver. S.S.Obfuscation was stenciled on it.
 
2012-10-13 05:44:44 PM  
We could get up and leave class whenever we wanted, without asking.

And no one got plunged.
 
2012-10-13 05:52:38 PM  
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They start them early in the trade these days.
 
2012-10-13 05:57:02 PM  
There was an English teacher at my high school that had a car door from a Honda Civic as his hall pass. It was pretty amusing except for the fact that basically none of the girls and half the guys could lift it and therefor couldn't go to the bathroom.
 
2012-10-13 06:47:15 PM  
I love it when life imitates the Onion.
 
2012-10-13 06:49:33 PM  

Day_Old_Dutchie: [imageshack.us image 676x800]
They start them early in the trade these days.


Newt Gingrich approves.
 
2012-10-13 06:55:05 PM  
In our rural high school (about 500 students total) we never had hall passes or hall monitors.

Students were allowed to leave class based mostly on their reputation. If you were a good student with good grades and no reputation for being a trouble maker you were allowed quite a bit of freedom. That seemed to work well.

But that was in the early-mid 70's. My guess is it wouldn't be allowed today because it would be considered to be discriminatory.
 
2012-10-13 07:11:48 PM  
I wonder if kids are spending more time in the bathroom now that they all have iPhones....
 
2012-10-13 09:30:13 PM  
Now that I think about it, we didn't have hall passes in high school.

I see absolutely no disadvantages to that system, and huge disadvantages to the "papers please" hall pass system. I shouldn't have to prove I have a right to take a piss.
 
2012-10-13 10:49:48 PM  

Lionel Mandrake: At my HS, one teacher used a toilet seat (the ring) for a hall pass, which inspired all the other teachers to get creative. More than a few went with plungers.

I think it was supposed to make us embarrassed to ask for frivolous hall passes, but it only encouraged most of us.


My ex-wife is a teacher. She used to use a toilet seat as her bathroom pass. So either it isn't that uncommon, or you were one of her students...
 
2012-10-14 03:44:16 AM  

Rufus Lee King: Ah, today's wimpy youth. Back in my day, we used switchblades for hallway passes.

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LOL!
 
2012-10-14 03:56:52 AM  
s3.jspenguin.org
 
2012-10-14 11:38:37 AM  

Foolkiller: [4.bp.blogspot.com image 214x320][www.badassoftheweek.com image 387x384]



In Cub Scouts we had a "jousting" tourney. We stood on the flat-top of a hemispherical platform, wore a milk-jug helmet and knocked each other off the platforms with a plunger (a ball was stuck in the business end, and the entire head was wrapped in sock). Dumb as hell, I know, but I won both the den and pack tourneys.

Looks like they're still doing it (without the "safety" jug)

rt492.orgrt492.org


Teeter Board Jousing


/ 1974
// haven't won a "sporting event" since
/// haven't tried to, either.
 
2012-10-14 02:53:23 PM  
I'm with the group that didn't have passes.

I think a big part of it was that the way classes were clustered around the toilets (four to a toilet I think) so you never had to walk more than a few steps.
Therefore any student found wandering around usually got the "Hey! You there!"

/junior year was the best
//so much you can do
///none of the responsibilities
////slashfest
 
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