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Thursday, June 17, 2010

A self-made object of internet derision.

Via BluntObject, we learn of a new variety of Genus Douchebaggus Administratus -- meet Principal Lori Carpenter ( her fiefdom encompasses Lake Trail Secondary School on Vancouver Island), who upon being criticized for poor fiscal choices by a student, proceded to have her staff cut each and every picture and reference to the student out of the school's yearbook.

Yes, Seriously. She -- ostensibly a well-educated, mature adult -- reacted with all the class and savoir-faire of a pre-teen Mean Girl riding her very first rag, adhesive-side up.

By drawing attention to one single line in a yearbook that would be read through -- maybe -- by the seniors of the class once or twice, and then left on a shelf to collect dust for the next thirty years, she blew the entire situation completely out of proportion (see: "Streisand Effect") , and painted a day-glo target on her ass.

I hereby nominate Principal Lori Carpenter, of Lake Trail Secondary School on Vancouver Island, for induction in to the Order of the Chocolate Starfish, for acts of assmillinery over and above those of the standard-grade asshole.


  1. New title of "ex-Principal" in 3...2...1....

  2. Naaah. She's not going anywhere.

    She has tenure.

  3. You know, I was kidding with the "tenure" crack, but I looked up the latest developments.

    The School District is standing behind her, and the Assistant Superintendent's main priority in this affair is how mean people are being to "Dr. Carpenter."


    I wish I was kidding.

  4. This isn't at all unusual, or even particularly noteworthy. Carpenter's behavior is pretty much standard for small-time administrators everywhere.

  5. If you'd like to point your opinion at a suitable target, you might suggest to Dr. Margaret MacDiarmid -- my local Minister of Education -- that Principal Lori Carpenter isn't someone who ought to be permitted within ten kilometres of children, let alone paid to teach them. Minister MacDiarmid's contact information is here. She seems to be at least reasonably competent, but if you'd care to let her know how you feel about one of her employees I surely wouldn't mind.


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