October 9, 2013

Charles Oliver: Learning to interpret the dress code

Charles Oliver

— Kimberly Fricker, principal of California’s Canyon High School, has apologized to a 16-year-old student for forcing her to remove a National Rifle Association T-shirt. Fricker originally told Haley Bullwinkle her shirt violated the school’s dress code because it promoted violence. But after Bullwinkle’s father hired an attorney and went to the media, Fricker apologized and promised to train staff on how to interpret the dress code.

London’s Metropolitan Police say their requirement that new recruits be able to write English well discriminates against minorities because they are twice as likely to fail that part of the entrance exam as white candidates. Officials plan to downgrade the importance of written communication in entrance tests. Apparently, police work in England never, ever requires the ability to communicate effectively.

Ohio State University’s Department of Public Safety has acquired an armored fighting vehicle from a military surplus program. The department is reportedly the first police force in the state to have such a vehicle, but that’s only because it has to deal daily with improvised explosive devices and high-powered firearms.

The American Civil Liberties Union says it will represent Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent John Dodson in his effort to publish a book about the “Fast and Furious” scandal. The ATF has blocked his attempt to publish the book because it would hurt morale in the agency. Fast and Furious was purportedly an attempt by the ATF to stem the flow of U.S. firearms to Mexican drug cartels by allowing the illegal sales of firearms to cartel associates. The program resulted in only a handful of indictments of low-level offenders. Two-thirds of the guns involved in the program have not been recovered and several have been used in crimes on both sides of the border.


The operator of a Halloween haunted house in Pennsylvania has dropped plans to allow customers to walk through the house naked this year after local officials warned him that could violate local zoning laws. Pat Konolpeski says officials in Spring Township “took the position this is adult entertainment. This is not adult entertainment, but not wanting to pick fights with our neighbors or township officials, I conceded.”

Weber Middle School in Long Island, N.Y., has banned children from playing tag and doing cartwheels, and has banned footballs, baseballs or anything children might want to throw. Officials say they only want to protect children from getting hurt during recess, noting that such games can lead to bumps and scrapes.

Charles Oliver is a staff writer for The Daily Citizen.