That's got to hurt.
"Just a bit of fun." (via Twitter)
How are we supposed to encourage kids to read when we punish them for reading the wrong thing? You can't control what they will be inspired by; all you can do is expose them to the greater world of ideas. And you can't kill an idea. You can suppress it – keep it tied down, restrained and gagged. You can even beat it into submission. But that will only make it more alive.
That's what's happening in this news story out of Manchester, England. 11-year-old Liam Scholes was attending an event at his school for World Book Day. The students were encouraged to come in costume, dressed as their favorite literary characters. In Liam's case, that was Christian Grey, the BDSM-loving billionaire from 50 Shades of Grey. He really got into character, wearing a gray power suit, and carrying cable ties and a face mask to complete the illusion.
50 Shades of Grey World Book Day costume of Christian Grey got boy, 11, 'excluded from events' http://t.co/FBCseogvZs pic.twitter.com/zBcOFU4AZC
— Manchester News MEN (@MENnewsdesk) March 5, 2015
But the Thought Police at Sale High School wouldn't have it. They called Liam's parents and told them the costume was "inappropriate." He was forbidden from appearing in any photos of the event, or taking part in the festivities. His mother, a teacher herself, was shocked, and in an interview with the Manchester Evening News, made some very good points:
“One of the teachers went dressed as Dexter and I don't see why sex is seen as more offensive than murder."