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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Lebanon Still Produces Un-hip Kids

I grew up in Lebanon. Please don't hold that against me. It was during the Hair Metal Age of the 1980's. I was a big fan of Van Halen, Ozzy, Judas Priest, Motley Crue, Quiet Riot and Ratt, along with the classic metal of BOC, Kiss, Led Zep, Ten Years After, James Gang and Deep Purple and a smattering of punk from the Sex Pistols, the Ramones and the Damned. Sadly, the local radio station KLWT FM 92 played mainly Barry Manilow and Air Supply. That was also the music the POPULAR KIDS liked. That was what was played at the school dances so all the cute girls could dance with the jock boys rather than me, Desdinova - the Coolest Kid In Lebanon High School. Some of the POPULAR KIDS thought my music was EVIL.

Then I subbed in at Lebanon High School a few years back. The kids in school then liked a mix of Snoop Dogg, P. Diddy, Ice Cube, Marilyn Manson, Nirvana and old stuff (Beatles, Stones and Dylan). Desdinova thought "The future looks safe in these kids hands."

Well, I'm afraid the pendulum may have swung backward. On a message board called the Ozarks Regional Forums, a typical crank Lebanon adult calling himself Glock Doc (probably a NRA member) says he talked to some "young people" (DORKY POPULAR KIDS) who were upset with the music being played at a recent school dance.

"i had a chance to talk to several young people the day after the homecoming football game & dance at the highschool.some of the youth had never been to a dance at the highschool before and were talking about how they couldn't believe the school allowed music to be played with expletives including, but not limited to the "f" word, the "s" word, the "mf" word, and several street references to the human anatomy.my son told me that it's the norm since he began attending the school dances at 14 years old, 2 years ago.i know the kids probably aren't going to hear anything they don't already hear on a daily basis, but i have a hard time believeing that the r-3 school board, the highschool principal, & the faculty provide this sort of entertainment for our 14 to 18 year old school children.i don't even think the kids are allowed to purchase this type of music at the store at their age which leads me to some questions.is lhs headed towards a lawsuit for broadcasting material clearly labeled for people older than the ones listening?how many parents know that their kids are listening to school sponsored foul language?why can't the school play the edited version of the adult music that is available?who exactly makes the call as to what can be played and what is objectionable, or does anything go?i just believe that our public school system is using poor judgement in this case."

Note I copied this the way he posted it - without capital letters and all spelling mistakes. There was a slight formating problem.

First of all, who were these weenies? I assume POPULAR KIDS, who participate in sports and attend the Baptist church. Why do I say that? Because that is who is always the POPULAR KIDS in Lebanon - athletic Baptist kids (usually from Republican families). I wasn't because I was a sickly Church of Christ kid. Seriously, the ACLU need to send someone to bust the Lebanon R-3 School system. They don't hire teachers as much as they hire preachers.

It is kids like this that they elect Mr. and Miss Magnet and not hipsters like myself.
"Several street references to the human anatomy" INDEED!

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