Taking profanity out of public schools

A few years ago one of my neighbors took early retirement from the public school system. It was being offered along with the new union contract as part of a one-time cost saving move. She wanted more time to take care of her aging father, a quiet gentleman with old-fashioned manners who moved slowly around a darkened house filled with Victorian-era furnishings. She also expressed relief at not having to be subjected to what she described as a daily barage of the most vulgar and offensive profanity imaginable issuing from the lips of school children. Teachers and other school employees were routinely cursed out by the children, she explained, because her spineless principal was afraid to take a stand against profanity.

Not so in the school where several “no profanity” signs like this were spotted.

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