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Tuesday, April 08, 2003

Hooters Junior High

From the What the Hell Was He Thinking Department. Heard about this on the radio on the way home from work tonight. Belleville News-Democrat: Parent upset about students' trip to Hooters. On a recent trip to Springfield for the Illinois Beta Club convention. the Signal Hall superintendent of schools took 26 seventh and eight graders to Hooters for dinner.

The convention was at the Crowne Plaza which is on the east side of a four lane divided highway (Dirksen Parkway, f/k/a 31st Street, f/k/a Route 66). According to the article, he was thinking of their safety. Good man. He didn't want to take them across the road. You can't blame him for that. It's busy. It's dangerous. I've seen people walk across that road, but I wouldn't do it. You could walk about five or six blocks down to the light at Stevenson Drive and cross there and walk back up, though. But, I don't think there's a sidewalk.

In addition to the restaurants in the Crowne Plaza, there are five other restaurants on that side of the road: Red Lobster, Cheddars, Smoky Bones, a steak place, and Hooters. Those are all sort of clumped in the same area within walking distance from the hotel. Also according to the article, the other restaurants either couldn't accommodate such a large group or were too booked. Across the road is Long John Silvers, McDonald's, Arby's, another steak place with salad bar, and maybe a few others further back.

Both of my girls were in Beta Club and went to the conventions, but I don't recall where to go to dinner being an issue. Probably because we live in Springfield and they came home after the meetings.

One parent, who is extremely upset, learned of the Hooters trip when her daughter had some pictures developed:

... including a photograph of an eighth-grade boy standing on a chair while Hooters waitresses danced and sang "Happy Birthday."

Oh boy! I wonder what other people would have done if they were in the superintendent's shoes?

Posted by Marie at April 8, 2003 11:13 PM