Friday, July 30, 2010

A Story That Will Make You Stammer

Upper St. Clair's school district, which had been distinguished among pretentious suburban districts by a goofy curriculum battle involving mission-from-God school boarders, has become even more distinguished.


Lady Elaine said...

Is this from The Onion and reprinted in the Post by mistake?

PK said...

I agree with Lady Elaine...this sounds so bizarre that it very well could be true.

This episode (as well as other odd crimes in the well-heeled suburbs) reinforces one of my favorite passages from a Sherlock Holmes story, The Copper Beeches:

"Good heavens!" I cried. "Who would associate crime with these dear old homesteads?"

"They always fill me with a certain horror. It is my belief, Watson, founded upon my experience, that the lowest and vilest alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside."

"You horrify me!"

"But the reason is very obvious. The pressure of public opinion can do in the town what the law cannot accomplish. There is no lane so vile that the scream of a tortured child, or the thud of a drunkard's blow, does not beget sympathy and indignation among the neighbours, and then the whole machinery of justice is ever so close that a word of complaint can set it going, and there is but a step between the crime and the dock. But look at these lonely houses, each in its own fields, filled for the most part with poor ignorant folk who know little of the law. Think of the deeds of hellish cruelty, the hidden wickedness which may go on, year in, year out, in such places, and none the wiser."