An Inclusive Litany

10/23/01

Florida's St. Petersburg Times, October 23, 2001, reports on a class project, designed and paid for by Dixie Hollins High School physics teacher Patricia Hollins, presumably designed to demonstrate gravity. After spreading a 9-by-9 foot poster of Osama bin Laden with a bull's eye over his face onto the school's football field, Ms. Hollins would climb into a cherry-picker and drop eggs onto the international terrorist from many feet up.
District officials are cautioning that the egg drop project—dubbed "The Yolk's on Osama"—could be construed as culturally insensitive. Now, plans for the poster have been scrapped....

Ultimately, the decision to cancel or go forward with the idea is up to the high school, said Pinellas County school spokesman Ron Stone. He said Dixie Hollins contacted the district and asked for its opinion.

"I reviewed it with a couple of people and I thought perhaps, especially with our emphasis on multicultural issues... that it would not be a good thing to do," Stone said. "Perhaps we could do something less controversial... maybe a poster that said terrorism."

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