"Attention, this is Principal Skinner, your principal, with a message from the principal’s office. All students please proceed immediately to an assembly in the Butthead Memorial Auditorium….Dammit, I wish we hadn’t let the students name that one!”
The whole episode began harmlessly enough just before Christmas, when school officials decided to make naming the new school a learning exercise. They asked students to choose a name and then compose essays on why theirs should be selected.
The only stipulation was that the name reflect the natural surroundings of the red-brick building scheduled for completion by August. The school, the 11th facility in a district of 8,800 students, is in a rural area outside town, across the street from a pumpkin patch.
The elementary school student who submitted “Springfield”—whom district officials have declined to name—wrote that his name was best because “the school is being built on a field and Spring is a happy season.” 2
Uh-huh. Whatever you say, lil kid.
1. “School Name Cartoon Image = Controversy.” The Item, January 26, 1994. http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1980&dat=19940126&id=b4siAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Iq8FAAAAIBAJ&pg=1848,4491154
2. Riddle, Lyn. “A Rascal Cartoon Character Sets Off a Controversy in S.C.” Los Angeles Times, March 1, 1994. http://articles.latimes.com/1994-03-01/news/mn-28594_1_cartoon-character