If there is anything more predictable than 13-year-old boys and fart jokes, it's hard to imagine what it is. But for one school in Ohio, a little boy's fart jokes were no laughing matter.
The boy -- eighth grader Anthony Nichols -- was suspended from the bus to his school after he cut the cheese and made everyone on the bus laugh. The bus driver said Nichols does it all the time, but the parents are peeved. And who can blame them? James Nichols, the father, told AOL: "It's very laughable, that's what it is." He said he spoke with the school's vice principal who "suggested my son should hold his gas on this hour-long bus ride."
Though administrators suggest that this boy was a troublemaker, this particular stunt seems almost expected. After all, what young boy doesn't think that flatulence and poop are the funniest things in the world? Even my almost-3-year-old is scatologically obsessed. It's a boy thing.
Even more to the point, farting is a natural part of our bodies. Much as it is annoying and embarrassing and no one (except 13-year-old boys) actually enjoys passing gas, it's a bodily function and we really can't help but do it.
Suspending a boy for passing gas sets a dangerous precedent. Yes, he was probably doing it on purpose to be funny. But what if the next kid really needs to and holds it because he is afraid? Then what? Will he blow up? Probably not. But he may be extremely uncomfortable and it could lead to other problems. As a parent, I don't want to teach my children to hold their bodies uncomfortably in order to avoid disciplinary action!
It's ridiculous that I have to defend a child's right to pass gas, but here I am doing so. Because you know, Everyone Poops. Well, everyone farts, too. It's life. And 13-year-old boys find it hysterical.
Sure, it's annoying, but come on. Is the school planning to suspend teachers for teaching? Guidance counselors for counseling? Thirteen-year-old boys' jobs are to be annoying and obsessed with flatulence. It's our job to redirect it, not suspend them for natural bodily functions.
Though the boy was eventually allowed back on the bus later, the decision is still ridiculous in the first place.
Do you agree with this decision?
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