Wacky, but no physical harm should ever happen to the students, and no religious BS. Religion is for private schools.
6/22/2008 2:24:32 AM
Yeah, I also had a crazy teacher in high school who thought that non-believers would all go to hell... of course, I went to a Christian high school.
6/22/2008 2:25:08 AM
Yeah, where are all the teachers who would beat and brand you is you disagreed?
I miss that. I'm deprived! <sarcasm>
6/22/2008 2:26:45 AM
Allegory for Jesus
The kids "participating" doesn't seem to have been suggested by the story, and, even if they were somehow, it was the teacher's responsibility to keep them under control. Of course, ultimately, it was the teacher that burned the cross into the child's skin (in order to banish "demons" from him, no less) using a device that explicitly warns against people coming in contact with it. "Wacky" doesn't begin to approach the depths of sadism and religious fanaticism contained within this man.
6/22/2008 2:39:52 AM
There's a big difference between wacky and whacked. A wacky teacher brings his pet monkey to school.
6/22/2008 2:42:07 AM
None of my wacky teachers ever suggested mutilating myself.
6/22/2008 2:45:29 AM
It is a very serious violation of ethical standards for a teacher to inflict injury on a student. Even if the kids wanted the crosses branded on their arms, and thought it was cool and what not, it would still be wrong.
As a teacher he should know better.
Certainly as an adult he should know better. One would expect that his maturity level would be greater than that of his students.
What part of this don't you understand?
6/22/2008 2:45:59 AM
Sir Michael L. Foley
Generally, wacky teachers are the ones who try too hard to be 'hip' or like to pretend they're what they're teaching (i.e. Hi kids, I'm Napoleon, let me tell you a little about France in my day!). This doofus' actions sort of stretches the definition of 'wacky.'
6/22/2008 2:58:27 AM
there's a HUGE difference between wacky and bat shit insane.
6/22/2008 3:02:53 AM
Wacky? Yes. Sadistic? No.
6/22/2008 3:29:58 AM
Who didn't have a wacky teacher in High School?
I didn't. I didn't want one either. "Wacky teachers" are only fun when they're in the movies and being played by Robin Williams or Sam Kinison. I had no time for wackiness in high school because I was busy GETTING A GOD DAMNED EDUCATION.
I realize you guys were too busy in high school to get an education because your time was taken up with congratulatory reach-arounds every time one of your ilk managed to hassle some poor science teacher about his or her lesson plan. The rest of us were busy hitting the books and dissecting baby pigs. I have to give credit to the parents of the kids who got crosses burned into their skin. I'd have already paid that "teacher" a visit and burned a large "A" for anarchy into his back with a small propane welding torch.
Some day you fundies will go too far and we'll be forced to string a few of you up to get our point across.
6/22/2008 3:41:45 AM
Um, I'm pretty sure branding goes beyond "wacky" And I doubt the kids had any choice.
6/22/2008 3:46:02 AM
Sorry counts as physical abuse.
6/22/2008 3:47:27 AM
If a wacky teacher burns a symbol into my kid's arm, wacky teacher will be lucky if fired is all he gets.
6/22/2008 4:01:48 AM
It seems even Rapture Ready has a limit to how far they will defend proselytizing.
That's a good thing.
6/22/2008 4:32:58 AM
6/22/2008 4:50:00 AM
He. was. BRANDING. CHILDREN!
What they fuck don't you understand about this?!?!?!
6/22/2008 4:51:47 AM
Nothing is wrong with a wacky teacher. They make learning fun. This guy wasn't wacky. He was insane and dangerous.
6/22/2008 5:38:30 AM
We go to a school to get a damn education. Not an involuntary tattoo.
6/22/2008 6:44:50 AM
I had a wacky teacher, but she brought in a pile of pinecones and told us that we were to observe the Fibonacci sequence in them. Then she had us make ice-cream molds out of laminated paperboard. Someshit to do with geometry.
She was wacky.
She most certainly wasn't violent and crazy--which is what lunatics who brand crosses onto random children do.
6/22/2008 9:01:38 AM
I had several wacky teachers in high school. Not one of them physically abused their students. Burning symbols into students arms isn't wacky. It is sick.
Every single christian who is defending this sick f@#$ needs to ask themselves what they'd think if it was a pentagram or a crescent moon instead of a cross.
6/22/2008 9:40:24 AM
Oh yeah, that's so wacky! That crazy teacher and his wacky hijinks! Emphasize CRAZY.
6/22/2008 12:42:35 PM
Who didn't have a wacky teacher in High School?
Umm, I had an ex-hippie history teacher in my (Catholic) high school who would teach the class sitting lotus position on top of the desk. That's wacky. Branding students isn't wacky, it's fucked up.
6/22/2008 1:31:29 PM
"Who didn't have a wacky teacher in High School?"
I do. His name is Mr. Docherty. He doesn't brand us though. He just outwits t3h stupids.
I also had a wacky history teacher last year. He giggled every time he spoke of death, giggled his little Irish giggle.
I had an English teacher who wildy performed Shakespeare on top of the desks in her classroom.
I have a Geography teacher who promptly called Joey Sebbins-McDonald a "turky" because he said something stupid, and plays a revision game that can be heard at the other end of the school.
I had a PE teacher who threw a party just because he damned well felt like it.
I had a Science teacher who decided, in his infinite wisdom, to give us all ice-cream under the guise of "experiment".
THEY are wacky.
Notice the lack of branding?
6/22/2008 2:21:45 PM
.. Now, while I had a biology teacher that left his pants hanging from his office door on a regular basis, I did leave school without any additional identifying marks applied by the staff.
6/22/2008 2:29:25 PM