So these back to back stories from the State With No Official Nickname are a tribute to Emperor George II's days of youthful hijinx and high spirits. So let's return to the youth of today, because rarely is the question asked: is our children learning?
And if they is, there's always a school board trying to stop it. A November 4th Huntsville school board meeting had its collective hands full in finding out what is our children learning.
Businessman Reggie McKenzie publicly notified the Huntsville school board Thursday that the city's black community knows about an incident last week "where a student allegedly wore some Ku Klux Klan paraphernalia" as part of a costume at Grissom High School.
This is not the first time such an incident occurred in an Alabama educational institution.
"This administration needs to send a clear message that we can't tolerate that in Huntsville," said McKenzie to a round of applause from more than a dozen people who came before the board in support.
But since these supporters were probably part of that "black community" of McKenzie's, they were given fewer microphones than in 2000, and half of them received helpful phone calls that the meeting was on Friday.
Eddgra Fallin, who ran unsuccessfully for the city school board this year, and her husband, Carl Fallin, also addressed the issue at Thursday's board meeting.
Both said the Klan outfit or headwear apparently led to a fight between one white student and one black student, although the facts were in short supply. And Superintendent Ann Roy Moore wasn't talking.
At one point board president James Dawson asked Moore point blank: "I've heard it five different ways. What happened?"
Moore said she would not discuss issues involving individual students and would not provide details. "We are aware of the situation and we want to get the story straight," Moore told Dawson.
Moore is clearly being tapped for a job with the Ministry of Information!
Eddgra Fallin said the black student received several stitches as the result of a related fight at Grissom. She also suggested that only the black student had been proposed for expulsion.
Moore cut Fallin short. "You don't have your facts correct," said Moore.
Wait a minute! We're the faith-based side. Facts are for losers.
Carl Fallin pointed out the injured boy's father, who sat silent through the meeting. The boy's father, who Fallin said recently returned from combat in Afghanistan, asked not to have his name published. The boy's father declined to offer any public comment on the incident because of the possibility of future legal action on his son's behalf.
So the trouble-maker's father isn't man enough to remain in combat? Instead he'll be hiring newly-unemployed John Edwards to seek out jackpot justice! Why are we not surprised?
...No board member besides Dawson commented on the issue. No other parents spoke publicly about it. Moore said central office administrators and security personnel are still investigating.
Moore also told Dawson that the board ought not learn too much because the board could be asked to judge the matter at a future expulsion hearing.
Oh, good. Seemed they were taking a saunter toward the reality-based community.
In other news at the meeting:... second issue involved white students she said were advised by faculty members not to associate with black students at the magnet school. Parent Chris Beverly made a similar complaint.
"Our children are being reminded to stick to their own kind," said Beverly, later adding: "We're sending a very bad message to our children."
I mean, there needs to be a wholesale effort against racial profiling, which is illiterate children.
A big Rebel Yell to alert reader cinnamondog.