There are some incredibly stupid people in Sedalia, MO.
The local high school band directors designed a shirt for a parade that involved a humorous (well band humor anyway) play on the word “evolution”.
The shirts, which were designed to promote the band’s fall program, are light gray and feature an image of a monkey progressing through stages and eventually emerging as a man. Each figure holds a brass instrument. Several instruments decorate the background and the words “Smith-Cotton High School Tiger Pride Marching Band” and “Brass Evolutions 2009” are emblazoned above and below the image.
Despite the fact that “Brass Evolutions” had nothing to do with “The Theory of Evolution” the idiots in Sedalia went on parade themselves.
While the shirts don’t directly violate the district’s dress code, Assistant Superintendent Brad Pollitt said complaints by parents made him take action.
“I made the decision to have the band members turn the shirts in after several concerned parents brought the shirts to my attention,” Pollitt said.
Pollitt said the district is required by law to remain neutral where religion is concerned.
“If the shirts had said ‘Brass Resurrections’ and had a picture of Jesus on the cross, we would have done the same thing,” he said.
The shirts didn’t violate the dress code, and had nothing to do with religion, despite Pollitt’s attempt to make it a religious issue by inventing a “Jesus on the cross straw man.
Just wait, it gets better…
Band parent Sherry Melby, who is a teacher in the district, stands behind Pollitt’s decision. Melby said she associated the image on the T-shirt with Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.
“I was disappointed with the image on the shirt.” Melby said. “I don’t think evolution should be associated with our school.”
I can understand the parents being ignorant jackasses, and I know that a lot of teachers are ignorant jackasses too, but this is beyond the pale.
And people wonder why schools are failing to educate.