On today’s programme we had a couple of stories from the USA.
Now when I was at school we would always be very excited when we knew that a film was to be shown.
Of course we always knew well in advance what film we were going to see but news has just come in from the US about the screening of a film to 9 and 10-year olds involving WINNIE THE POOH, but it turns out that this film was very different from any WINNIE THE POOH stories of which I was aware.
And now the maths teacher responsible for screening the film is in deep trouble.
But just in case you maybe thinking that this might have been a “porno” flick, let me assure you that it most certainly was not!
It was in fact a horror film and the children to which the film was shown were aged around 9-10 .
Given that the man responsible was the Maths teacher, something doesn’t add up to me!
Now personally I had no idea that Winnie the Pooh featured in any horror movies, but there you go.
Anyway the title of the movie is “Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey” and involves the characters of Pooh and Piglet seeking revenge after Christopher Robin leaves to go to university.
The film is apparently classified as HORROR by IMDb, whilst the British Board of Film Classification rates it as an 18.
Although some of the children apparently became upset by the content early on in the screening, it took around 20-30 minutes before the teacher finally abandoned the showing.
Apparently the film had actually been chosen by the some of the pupils themselves, but after complaints, the head teacher confirmed that it was still the teacher’s responsibility to check the content prior to screening.
Steps have since been taken to address the issue with the teacher concerned – he might be getting some detention, lines or may be forced to stand in the corner of the teacher’s common room!
The school also stated that appropriate steps were being taken to “to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students”.
OK so let’s leave the classroom behind and head off to Georgia where we find motorist, Connor Cato in deep trouble for speeding.
He was caught doing 90MPH in a 55MPH zone, so unsurprisingly was presented with a speeding ticket.
His gripe came when he was informed that he was to be fined $1.4m – that’s £1.1m!
Thinking this was most likely a “typo” he called officials to discuss the issue, only to be told that this was not the case and that he had either to pay the amount on the ticket, or appear in court at 1:30pm on 21st December.
Oh dear – that sounds a bit ominous. Time to leave the country perhaps!
However it now seems that the seven figure sum is automatically generated by the court computer.
Due to the high speed at which he was travelling, a court appearance is apparently mandatory so a “placeholder” is generated.
It seems that the actual amount of the fine which has yet to be determined by the judge will likely be in the region of $1000, or £820.
Still a lot of money, but better than the sum demanded on the original ticket.
It now seems that the court is “currently working on adjusting the placeholder language to avoid any confusion”.
I’d say so!
All being well, I hope to see you again tomorrow. But you can take it from me hat I’ll be carefully watching my speed!