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 Proof that Americans cannot take a joke 
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http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/sports/football/13693272.htm?template=contentModules/printstory.jsp

The teacher seems to have gone too far, but it was just a joke. It sounds like this kid is just trying to make an excuse for doing bad on an exam. Take a joke, dude!!!!!!




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Teen says teacher made him sit on floor


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BEAVER FALLS, Pa. - A 17-year-old high school student said he was humiliated when a teacher made him sit on the floor during a midterm exam in his ethnicity class - for wearing a Denver Broncos jersey.

The teacher, John Kelly, forced Joshua Vannoy to sit on the floor and take the test Friday - two days before the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Broncos 34-17 in the AFC championship game. Kelly also made other students throw crumpled up paper at Vannoy, whom he called a "stinking Denver fan," Vannoy told The Associated Press on Monday.

Kelly said Vannoy, a junior at Beaver Area Senior High School, just didn't get the joke.

"If he felt uncomfortable, then that's a lesson; that's what (the class) is designed to do," Kelly told The Denver Post. "It was silly fun. I can't believe he was upset."

Vannoy was wearing a No. 7 Broncos jersey on Friday, because he is a fan of John Elway, the Broncos' retired Hall of Fame quarterback.

Vannoy said he was so unnerved he left at least 20 questions blank on the 60-question test, and just wants out of Kelly's class because he's afraid the teacher won't treat him fairly now that the story reached the media.

"I'm going to have to deal with him for two more nine weeks (school quarters) and he's going to want revenge somehow," Vannoy said Monday. "I took the test. I'm shaking. I'm furious. I didn't know what to do."

Kelly, who wore a Ben Roethlisberger jersey Friday, and his principal, Thomas Karczewski, didn't immediately return messages left on their school voice mail Monday.

Big Beaver Falls Area School District Superintendent Donna Nugent said she was aware of the situation, but said confidentiality rules prevent her from commenting specifically.

"We'll take whatever action we need to in order for the student to feel comfortable," Nugent said.

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January 23rd, 2006, 8:03 pm
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I don't know.. personally if all that crap was meant to "show the point of the class" I feel that the kid should be welcomed back by the teacher, explain the lesson learned in a classroom lecture, and allow the kid to take a new mid-term in the library somewhere. Teenages are emotional by nature, and some are moreso than others... I can see how having people treat you like crap when you're trying to think would cause you perform badly on an exam. Blown out of proportion? yes... All the kids fault? no....


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All the kids fault? no....


I don't think it all the kid's fault, I just think that he is taking advantage of the situation. The teacher went too far, but it definitly doesn't seem as bad as the kid makes it out to be, IMO.

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I don't think the kid sounded like he made a big deal out of it. We would have to know this kid and his nature and the teachers relationship with him to know whether this was "ok" or not or intended as a joke. Who knows what they are like. I don't see being sat on the floor during an exam as funny at all and then having the class chuck paper at them...I don't see the funny part myself. I have an exam tonight and if my prof told me sit on the floor I would a) be pissed b) walk out c) report them to the administration. Of course that depends on the way it is done. It's funny how when someone get's some heat people all of a sudden say "I was only kidding". My kids do the same thing when they get busted by me :lol:

This teacher claims it as a joke and then talks about it being a lesson or point of the class? Seems hypocritical to me.

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