Smut Plus Unions: Fifty Shades of Grey in Middle School

Fifty Shades of Grey marketing is pushed on students but parents don’t get answers.

50 shades of grey

If customers begin to worry that a restaurant has vermin in the kitchen, they can shut it down by eating at other restaurants. If suddenly no one wants to eat there, the restaurant can rapidly run out of funds and have to go out of business.

In the private sector, businesses have to constantly guard their reputations. When there is any doubt about the credibility of their claims or the safety of their product, they must respond quickly.

And by contemplating the situation for a private business, one can theorize that public schools would never feel compelled to respond quickly.

Thus, the refusal to answer the questions of parents makes perfect sense. According to WTAE in Pittsburgh, “‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ puzzles given to Monessen middle school students in class.”

At least five students at a Westmoreland County middle school were given word puzzles based on the erotic novel and movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” this week, and school district officials said they are investigating how it happened.

James Carter said the word search, filled with explicit sexual terms, was passed out Monday to his son and other students in his eighth-grade class at Monessen Middle School.

“I asked my son who passed it out, and he said the teacher passed it out,” Carter said. “I don’t think this is what they should be doing in the eighth-grade level.”

Carter said he went to the school Tuesday afternoon but administrators wouldn’t answer his questions about the word search.

At a school board meeting Tuesday night, Monessen City School District officials said they could not comment on who gave the puzzles to students, citing personnel issues.

“We just learned of this issue yesterday,” solicitor John Toohey said. “An investigation will occur.”

So this is the bottom line: school employees are not hired in order to serve the public. They have rights to their job over against the desires of anyone else. This is all portrayed as a way of “treating employees fairly,” but what about the parent and the students? Public unions mean the employees basically have a right to a job that employees in the private sector don’t have.

[See also, “Blame Unions for Public School Failures.”]

So the ones who have an interest in protecting their children from smut are being told that they have to wait until the school decides what information they can release.

If you watch the original TV broadcast, embedded here, you will see the words are so explicit that they had to be blacked out in the footage.

I am sure the school will “get to the bottom” of what happened… whenever it is convenient to them.