Wednesday, January 09, 2008

School Shooting Angers Parents

According to the story in this morning's Gazette, several Sissonville Middle School parents are upset that John Adams Middle School students were used in a TV commercial shot on location at the new Sissonville school building. According to the story:
Sissonville parent Kimberly Parsons said she visited the school for a
parents meeting Friday and saw a crew filming students as they walked into
the school. An office worker and a teacher told Parsons that the crew was
filming students from John Adams Middle, she said. “It made me [upset],
obviously,” she said. “It didn’t have to be my child, but it should have
been some of the students that went to school there. “I’ve talked to other
parents about it, and they were shocked.”

I don't know why she is shocked. It is well known that the kids that go to John Adams are far above average and much better looking than kids at Sissonville. They also are far more intelligent and would therefore take direction better than those hoodlums that live up I77.

Let's face it: John Adams students live in South Hills, an area known for its upper-crust breeding stock. If you were going to shoot a commercial that was going to show off the nicest, newest and most wonderful school in the county, wouldn't you want to have the best looking and most intelligent kids starring in it? There's no reason to be petty, Ms. Parsons. Think of the greater good.

Really, it's amazing that the county even built those folks a school in the first place. They should be more appreciative.

21 comments:

Chris James said...

Don't feel too bad, Sissonville. The girls at the snobby school always put out for the dudes at the poor school.

Film Geek knows what I'm talking about. ;)

Shaggy said...

People need to find better things to get upset about. Why is this even in the Gazette? Slow news day I guess.

Wv Sky said...

My question: Why would ANY parent want their children to be involved in gambling... period? Why would ANY parent want their child to be a shill for an adult activity? Why would ANY parent consider gambling fair game to get their kids faces on TV?

Anonymous said...

It is the same way when The Childrens Theatre of (south hills) Charleston casts their shows, or the Charleston Town Center picks its' teen board members. So many other well qualified and talented children are passed by for the elite John Adams "stock"

The Film Geek said...

Good or bad, legitimate or not, it's amazing to me how fearful our society has become during my lifetime.

And I hear ya, Chris. I lived through that myownself! :)

Anonymous said...

I take it you are from South Hills. You bastard, calling Sissonville kids what you did.

Charles said...

[sigh] And then there are those people who don't understand satire...

Wv Sky said...

I cant believe you guys are arguing about WHAT kids were chosen, as opposed to WHY the kids were chosen and why the parents allowed it.

For instance: If Budweiser Beer donated a lot of money to the school, would these same parents allow them to shill for alcohol?

clear eyes said...

Good points, wv sky. I thought the same things when I saw the article in the paper. The real outrage is that ANY middle school kids are being used to promote the lottery.

tmiller@station26.org said...

Charles, many people do understand satire, but your post, on its face is malicious, arrogant, offensive, and is not, "satirical" as, in satire, the reader is left with the impression that the writing is satirical because of the construct of the piece - Your posting is just pure vipid. Your comment, which you thought to be cute, was meant to incite and you know it. Those who go around spouting verbal diarrhea such as yourself offer no benefit to society and only re-inforce divides within our community. Charles, you are part of the problem and not part of any solution.

Chris James said...

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BTW, I got the joke and I come from a much bigger shithole than Sissonville.

The Film Geek said...

And I didn't read the article first, so my comment on fear doesn't really apply.

Or, does it?

Buzzardbilly said...

Wow. I cannot believe how offended some of these commenters are (especially that Film Geek cause I know he's trouble ;)).

Yes, it's satire. And, tmiller, if your comment included an attempt to define satire ("the reader is left with the impression that the writing is satirical because of the construct of the piece"), it missed the mark. In all of the writing classes I've attended (and there were more than a few), never once has anyone intimated that satire is defined by form (i.e., the "construct of the piece"). Satire is, according to Merriam-Webster "a literary work holding up human vices and follies to ridicule or scorn," and that was obviously what today's Charlestonian was.

Or, as one of the best satirists ever defined it:

"Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own."—Johathan Swift

Anonymous said...

Maybe you were trying to go for "satire" sir, but what you said is really dead on in this town of Charleston, WV. And you know it. {sarcastic sigh}

SagaciousHillbilly said...

HAR!
The real story is that the EV lottery would use schools property and school children to promote their racket.
Did the paretns allow this? Did the principle of the school allow this? Did Dr. Duering allow this?
Really the buck stops at Duering's desk.

As for the comments by "Charles. . . " Funny. Maybe the folks who didn't understand it was satire were educated in Sissonville.

JA has always been touted as the best JrHi in Kanawha Co. After having four kids go through the place I can tell you that if that is so, I REALLY feel sorry for the rest. If their principle is the best in the county that REALLY IS a bad indicator. The guy is a buffoon.

SagaciousHillbilly said...

Oh, and thanks tmiller for giving us that great definition of satire. You must be an academic.
(satirical means it's satirical)
Did you mean "vapid?"

Buzzardbilly said...

Since "vapid" would mean it was lacking in spirit or flavor or zest (perhaps meaning he did not dog the kids of S-ville enough), I'm going with VIPID (visual information processor input device). Does it make sense? No, but it makes as much sense as that definition of satire now isn't it?

Chris James said...

WV Sky,
I see your point about pimping kids out to advertise the lottery, but at least it isn't as bad as how they do in in Ohio. Here the lottery has to stick to showing the "benefits" of lottery revenue and how one can "have fun" playing state-sponsored games of chance. In the Buckeye state, their adverts imply that buying a $20 scratch-'n-lose ticket will somehow make one wealthy enough to "see Beijing" or purchase "brand-new bling."

Now, if you will excuse me, I'm off to Proctorville to buy some Cash Explosion tickets....

Ray DelMundo said...

You left out the fact that Bill Hogan of Image Associates is an asshole.

Man with a Plan said...

This thread is great. The deliberately misleading but attention grabbing headline Charles gave his post, which was actually about something absurdly trivial but which he exploited to make a telling observation followed by the guy who totally missed his obvious use of IRONY in a SARCASTIC manner was funny enough. Yet, it got better still when the person whom the point sailed past attempted to explain sarcasm in way which managed to be both utterly pretentious and completely wrong at the same time.

Good stuff.

Charles said...

FINALLY! Someone who appreciates good literature!