In the absolutely not-news department, KELO discovers that kids can use computers to find racy pictures on the Internet and that Web filters are imperfect.

In the absolutely not-politically-consistent department, champion of personal responsibility Dakota War College concludes that since some kids use Sioux Falls School District computers to access these racy pictures, the Sioux Fals School District is a bunch of jerks:

So, they don’t block them adequately, but students who stumble across them, regardless of intent, are suspended!  What an awesome school district!

The Sioux Falls School District. Providing naughty photos, and suspending kids for biting the apple dangled in front of them [Pat Powers, "The Sioux Falls School District. Providing naughty photos, and suspending kids for biting the apple dangled in front of them, while I remain too lazy to condense my thoughts into a manageable journalistic headline, but since I'm not really a journalist, that doesn't matter, does it?" Dakota War College, 2013.11.19.].

By Pat's logic...

  • When a student whacks another student over the head with a French textbook, blame the school for issuing such dangerous books.
  • When a student scrawls naughty graffiti in the school bathroom, blame the school for handing out pencils and putting up walls.
  • When P.E. students snap each other with school-issued towels, blame the school for providing those towels and a locker room in which such bad behavior can take place.
  • When a kid chokes on a chicken nugget in the cafeteria, blame the school for serving something chunkier than applesauce.

Schools provide students with all sorts of tools for learning. A few students misuse those tools. Schools would be remiss if they did not hold students accountable for the use of those tools.

Only a bad craftsman blames the tools... or the guy at Ace Hardware (or the school district, or Google) who handed out the tools.