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Thursday, October 19, 2006

No need for the bikesheds

Apparently, a school - or learning centre, whatever that's meant to be...they should've just gone the whole hog and called it an 'educational solution' - somewhere in T'North is allowing the kids to smoke in the break rooms between classes.
Now, hold up a second. I'm all for a bit of misbehaviour at school, but this doesn't really make any sense. Quite apart from the fact that it's illegal to buy fags when you're a child, the book-based learning provider solution whateverthehellyouwanttocallit management say this policy is designed "to help pupils stop smoking". Seriously.

A school is allowing pupils as young as 14 to smoke between lessons as part of an anti-smoking drive. Students at Tinshill Learning Centre in Leeds can light up in a smoking room during breaks, as long as they have a note from their parents. The new policy is meant to help pupils stop smoking and reduce confrontations with teachers.

Whichever way you look at it, that doesn't really work, does it? Unless encouraging children to cram their faces with Krispy Kremes is a surefire method of reducing obesity levels, or bringing along family-sized bottles of Lambrini to AA meetings (the lesser known number 13 in the 12 step programme - thou shalt drink cheap booze) is a tip top idea.
The world's going to hell in a handcart, society's gone mad, etc.

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