Sunday, March 29, 2009

Lipstick In School


According to a news report, a certain private school in Washington was recently faced with a unique problem. A number of 12-year-old girls were beginning to use lipstick and would put it on in the bathroom. That was fine, but after they put on their lipstick, they would press their lips to the mirror leaving dozens of little lip prints.

Every night the maintenance man would remove them, and the next day the girls would put them back.

Finally the principal decided that something had to be done. She called all the girls to the bathroom and met them there with the maintenance man. She explained that all these lip prints were causing a major problem for the custodian who had to clean the mirrors every night (you can just imagine the yawns from the little princesses).

To demonstrate how difficult it had been to clean the mirrors, she asked the maintenance man to show the girls how much effort was required.

He took out a long-handled squeegee, dipped it in the toilet, and cleaned the mirror with it.

Since then, there have been no lip prints on the mirror.

There are teachers ...and then there are educators....
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Southern (in)Sanity said...

The world needs more "educators," for sure.

Brother Dave said...

This "lipstick on the mirror" story has made its rounds repeatedly over the years.

As for confirming the story's authenticity:

"Could this have actually happened? Well, it appears so. In at least a few cases, folks who work for schools have turned the legend to their advantage by using it to combat a lipsticked mirror problem at their facilities.

These acts of pseudo-ostension (the deliberate re-enactment of an existing legend) have served to make the custodians' jobs a bit easier."

Educating kids is a large task.

Cap'n Ergo "XL+II" Jinglebollocks said...

I've come to the conclusion, after years of teaching public school, that some of smartest folken in the building are, in fact, the custodians.