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School Principal Bans the Word Meep And Sets Police On Lawyer Who Meeped Her

by | 14th, November 2009

meep_bigger THEODORA Michaels writes about a Principal Murray of Danvers High School who banned all students from using the word Meep ‘. Micahels sent an email meep to Murray. Murray called in the police.

Oprah Winfrey who claims to own portions of the English langauge is not implicted.

Michaels writes :

An open letter to Principal Murray of Danvers High School (MA):

Meep.

Meep.

Sincerely,
Theodora Michaels

Perhaps by now you’ve read some of the articles (and associated entertaining comments, such as those at Fark ) about how Principal Murray has tried to ban his students from saying meep.

It’s been a long time since I was in high school, but I still remember what it was like to be young, and chafing under what seemed like arbitrary and capricious rules set down by school authorities.

So in solidarity with the students of Danvers High, and on my own initiative, I took about five seconds and sent an email to Principal Thomas Murray ( murray@danvers.org ), Assistant Principal Mark Strout ( strout@danvers.org ), Assistant Principal Cornelia Varoudakis ( cvaroudakis@danvers.org ), and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lisa Dana ( dana@danvers.org ). All of these addresses are publicly available on the Danvers High School website .

My subject line said (in full), “meep.” The body said (in full), “Meep.”

Yesterday I received a reply email from Assistant Principal Mark Strout, which said (in full) “Your E-mail has been forwarded to the Danvers Police Department.”

LOLwut? That simultaneously annoyed and amused me enough to write this article. (Plus, my train was late.)

First, apparently this school doesn’t know how email works. If they don’t like getting emails that say “meep” and I’m assuming they got others before they got mine it should be a simple matter for the school’s IT person to set their email program to filter all external emails that say meep and send them straight into the trash. Then there’d be no need to even look at them, let alone reply to or forward them.

Second, apparently they don’t know how the law works. I haven’t researched Massachusetts law, but I’m assuming there’s no law that would prevent me from sending a single, non-commercial email, containing a single nonsense “word” (but impliedly relating to their work as school officials) to adults at their publicly-posted work emails. And if there were such a law, it would not survive a constitutional challenge. So I don’t understand the point of Mr. Strout’s email, unless he’s hoping to scare me into what, not emailing “meep” ever again? Or more generally not criticizing his performance as a school official?

Gee, I’m scared maybe the Danvers police will come to NYC to arrest me! I guess they’ll also

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