Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Crossing guard told not to wear silly hats
Here is a sappy story that reminds me of a real life Miracle on 34th Street. In the movie, a government official threatens a harmless man with institutionalization for believing that he is Santa Claus. People come to his defense and he is set free!
In real life, Larry Douthwaite, a school crossing guard for 15 years, has worn silly hats to make the children smile. In seems that some odious government official decided that wearing such attire was not “professional” and she did what any strong and empowered woman would do – she wrote a letter complaining to the police chief of the town. Bowing to this government busybody, the police chief sadly told Larry Douthwaite that he could no longer wear his funny hats while working as a school crossing guard.
When the local townspeople heard about this, everyone rallied to Larry’s defense. At a special town meeting last night and hundreds of citizens attended to defend Larry’s right to wear a silly hat. The town council overturned the ruling. Larry Douthwaite is now free to wear his silly hats again!