If the Principal Had Been Named Mrs. Trunchbull I Would have Supported This Policy

…if for no other reason than that the operatically horrible Roald Dahlesque tale of this adult tyrant and power-drunk ogre out of Faerie would, I certainly hope, give these children a precious memory they will be able to mine for their future as Dickensian novelists and screenwriters.  Unfortunately, the principal is neither a woman with the physique of a German shotputter, nor is he named “Trunchbull”, nor does he appear to grab little girls by their pigtails and hurl them 50 yards.  Instead he’s some beta male with control issues.  Very disappointing.

  • Tim in Cleveland

    I thought I read somewhere that he wasn’t asking kids to “kneel” but to “take a knee” like kids do at the end of practice for, say, football or basketball. Two entirely different things.

  • Fr. Denis Lemieux

    Mark – sounds like a story that’s gotten completely distorted and blown out of context to me. ‘Taking a knee’ is a pretty normal sports thing to calm down young hyper-energetic kids, and the principal (who is very well liked, from accounts I read – hardly Trunchbull-like), has a sports coaching background.

  • bob

    Except in this case the taking a knee was necessary only when the principal or other administrators appeared. This is being described as some sort of safety measure, but it’s not clear what’s so unsafe about being sent to class.

    • Stacy Forsythe

      That does not seem to be the case. The practice of having the kids stop what they were doing and EITHER stand still, sit, or “take a knee” (according to comments on the story from teachers at the school in question) was used at the end of lunch and recess so the kids could proceed back to class in an orderly manner. The principal was involved only because he made a point of being present at those times to help out the teachers on duty. The “forced to kneel before the principal” interpretation seems to have been one parent’s misunderstanding that was spread to other parents and the media without the school actually being contacted to explain.


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