I Mess With Texas, Part 16

Jeez, barely a day goes by without finding a new reason to mess with Texas. And look! It's along the same lines as Part 15: Parent goes apeshit because of Stuff My Child Was Exposed To In School.

Only this time, it wasn't naughty words.

It was nakedness!

No, a Republican wasn't parading himself around in front of the teens. A Frisco, TX teacher was taking her students on a school and principal approved visit to the museum. There were sculptures. And those sculptures … had no clothes on! How dare you, Rodin.

Here's the New York Times article; get it before it's archived.

It appears as though the teacher was a bit problematic before the incident, and this may just be a scapegoating thing. But the fact remains that one parent wrote to the principal, and now the shit is flying.

As Amy Alkon (to whom I credit finding this Texas rose) points out:

You know, they have exposed titties all over the damn place in France
— a particularly nice collection of Maillol's sculpted hooters reside
in the Jardin des Tuilleries — and France isn't awash in serial
killers and sex offenders because of it. Yeah, okay, they may be a
bunch of chain-smoking commies over there, but at least they don't get
apoplectic over classic nudes.

But the article tells the rest of the story, and it's all you really need to know if you ever question the need to mess with Texas:

Some parents have come to Ms. McGee’s defense. Joan Grande said her 11-year-old daughter, Olivia, attended the museum tour.

enjoyed the day very much,” Ms. Grande said. “She did mention some nude
art but she didn’t make a big deal of it and neither did I.” She said
that if Ms. McGee’s job ratings were high before the incident,
“something isn’t right” about the suspension.

Another parent, Maijken Kozcara, said Ms. McGee had taught her children effectively.

thought she was the greatest,” Ms. Kozcara said. But “knowing Texas,
the way things work here” she said of the teacher’s suspension, “I
wasn’t really amazed. I was like, ‘Yeah, right.’ ”

"Knowing Texas, the way things work here, I wasn't really amazed. I was like, 'Yeah, right.'"

Lady, flee while you can. Clearly you've got too much common sense for that place.