July 1, 2008

I Have An Idea

An eight-year-old boy has sparked an unlikely outcry in Sweden after failing to invite two of his classmates to his birthday party.

The boy's school says he has violated the children's rights and has complained to the Swedish Parliament.

Let's just castrate every little boy at the age of 5, and be done with it.

Posted by Kate at July 1, 2008 4:22 PM

Unbelievable. Time for citizens to stand up and tell their government fascists to go straight to hell.

Posted by: John Luft at July 1, 2008 4:51 PM

"And what do we do with witches?"

It's things like this that make me wonder if the human race DESERVES to survive or not...

Posted by: sdc at July 1, 2008 4:55 PM

The real children here, as evidenced by childish behavior:

1. the teacher
2. the Swedish Parliamentary Ombudsman, who didn't throw out the ridiculous parental complaint immediately after receiving it.
3. the Swedish Parliament, which apparently accepted a complaint from the school that the two other boys' civil rights were violated, rather than summarily dismissing the complaint and recommending to the Ministry of Education that the teacher and school administrators concerned be discharged.

With all the problems Sweden has with Swedish um, "youths", it would behoove the Swedish Parliament to concentrate on preserving Swedish society and restoring law and order to Swedish cities with "youth" neighborhoods.

Posted by: Dave in Pa. at July 1, 2008 4:55 PM

I could understand a teacher who attempted to get the little boy to repair his relationship with his classmates, but I don't understand how someone has the right to be invited to a party ...

Posted by: NoOne at July 1, 2008 4:59 PM

To think that the land from which the Vikings emerged is now a world leader in this crap. Here, by the way, is a more detailed article on the matter:

Note that according to a Swedish poll, 44% actually support the school administration.

Posted by: RSP at July 1, 2008 5:03 PM

might be the reason why Swedish hockey players are the way they are :)

Posted by: Fred at July 1, 2008 5:10 PM

Shhhhh, Kate!

You're giving some people ideas!

Posted by: Garth Wood at July 1, 2008 5:13 PM

Wow... What kind of world is it when people would not be ashamed of themselves for this? So let me get this strait these kids have a "right" to be at a private party for someone they are not friends with?

That teacher should be fired and never allowed to step anywhere near a school again and the parents of the two boys if they are fighting for this B.S. should be given mental health evaluations to determine if they are fit to be parents.

Posted by: letters' at July 1, 2008 5:26 PM

I had to do some "mediation" once with a lady who felt it was her right to be invited to the wedding of an office co-worker. I told her and the mediator point-blank that this was crap and we were done.

I wonder if I will get hauled in front of a HRC as I willfully hurt someone's feelings...

This just blows my mind, but it is not really a surprise. It is just a logical extension of political correctness. Sorry can't hurt anyone's feelings.

Need more people to say screw you!

Posted by: Geoff at July 1, 2008 5:26 PM

Here's a better idea, let's allow the liberals to castrate all of THEIR boys.

Then the only boys left to procreate will be the offspring of conservatives.

Problem solved.

Posted by: Doug at July 1, 2008 5:28 PM

You can bet the parents of the uninvited boys will have thier own parties so the boys don't feel too left out. Ugh.

Posted by: sysk at July 1, 2008 5:46 PM

Wait a minute what about the little girls, that's a little "racist" of you, some have found a way.
Henry Morgentaler doesn't really need a second job does he?

Posted by: blanks at July 1, 2008 5:49 PM

The prestigious Holocaust survivor, abortion activist, abortionist, and Order of Canada recipient, Henry Morgentaler, has a better idea than castration.

Posted by: maz2 at July 1, 2008 5:50 PM

This headline from a British newspaper.

Muslims outraged at police advert featuring cute puppy sitting in policeman's hat.

Posted by: Ted at July 1, 2008 5:57 PM

Liberalism is a mental disorder and this case is the evidence.

Posted by: John V at July 1, 2008 5:58 PM

I see this story with different look
the information is complete must be more behind this that board accept this complain for some reason may be

again I see this with some soltion if conditon was these said:

this may look funy but politcaly is not funy may be some idea can come out of it.
how childern from primary school control dislike otehr freind and have fun with all of them
may good message than when we grwo up also can be freind not seperated for saying you are not my freind I do not like to go out with you or not come to my party wheich is seen in adult more than children the root is school and parent systems can be fix the future people can work and freind in teamwork socity
if you can not like all your freind in early aga you grow up too picky in your freind when you grow up too.
8 years old are very smart these days

usualy those birth day card are spread in school time
all depend on condtion we still do not know condition:

if you miss only 2 out of 20 invitation this is wrong for my view can be discriminatory it means you are not my freind

if the boys has back yard fight with these two boys left in past may acceptable but if they are in same class we can not let shcool let kids come to scholl and small 8 years old

the meaning is I do not like you two and you two are not my freind this hurtfull and can be disrciminatory and teacher can say next tiem send invitation outside school that we do not know who is come or not

condition #2:
if kids invite only 6 out of 20 because of fincialy problmes only not able to feed all kids freind taht may accetpable again thise 6 should send out of school yard not hurt otehrs


the reason parents see it serious probaly two left not go to party seat and poor kids cry and their parents not like that birthday boy for any reason show to their kids he does not like your son

even in cooworker party weddding this is not like and fair you send to few not to all unless fincialy problems cause taht too

condition #3: they may miss not by purpos just forget these two name that is ok just forget the names is most likely cause that two are not invited but again can cal them to come on over here

morality try to send message to try to act fair to each otehr or to coworker

some people in job intentioanly try to show he or she likes to go with certain people in lunch break not with otehrs

just matter of teach people at least pretend no hate to your schol freind even if he notlike or if birth day body not like these two as freind

if kids not like two for freind to invite them then social worker of school can figure out why and made the relatioship and team work back again

now school social worket has too many power in school if your child not do certain job or behvaour even they can bring parent of child to court too just becarfull in Canada too we have this law too to protect children right and reduce discrimination in Canadian school
but Canada is good

some rich birth party with high cost may invite few freinds only because reservation in some area is so expensive can not afford all kid to come andshcool is fine with it . it is better few freind come than nobody or all to come when you can not afford it.

condition is different
or may two kid left are black or turkish immigrant who live alot in Sweden and they do not like to invite them for discriminroy reason
we have teach children fairness in grade one and two when they grow up it is hard children as teenger to learn and control their emotion

now youth crime in Canada is grow in Canada school in primaty are control anger and behviour inmore close look to children know all laws of discrimination and respet to frriend and how to deal with it.

Posted by: mos at July 1, 2008 6:10 PM

Hey! I wasn't invited to lots of parties cause I'm a nerdy guy. That's life. I soon discovered that the popular kids were generally less intelligent and shallow. Sure it hurt, but in the end I found community with other nerds who were very interesting people.

Posted by: Don Utyhole at July 1, 2008 6:31 PM

Be kind to that nerdy kid in grade school. In a few years he will be your boss and he has a long memory.

Posted by: Joe at July 1, 2008 6:51 PM

Instead of castrating boys, let's lop off teacher's heads when they break the rules. Our rules, of course, at which they may guess.

I like this solution very much.

Posted by: Wurstman Ever at July 1, 2008 6:58 PM

Well here's a related story for all of you.

My daughter invited some kids in her class to her birthday party, but not all of them. One of the girls who was not invited went home crying, and then mother started to cry too. Next thing I knew her father was on my doorstop, in my face, demanding to know why we made his daughter and wife upset.

I tried to explain it was nothing against him, but that our house only had capacity for X number of kids, and we had to limit headcount.

He wouldn't leave. I thought I was going to have to call the cops. Finally he left after I told him we'd invite his daughter.

I kid you not. Real story.

The problem in today's schools is that kids are brainwashed to believe that there are only winners, and no-one is a loser. Everyone gets a prize even if they don't deserve it.

My parents told me that in their day birthday parties for young kids were generally very small, 3-4 kids at most.

Posted by: TJ at July 1, 2008 7:01 PM

Train them early that they are not allowed to make any decisions. Then it will be easier for the State to control them when they hit their mid-teens.

Posted by: Shawn Abigail at July 1, 2008 7:04 PM

mos it would be easier to understand the crap your flinging if you tried to spell one or two words correctly.

It doesn't matter the reasons you have every right to only have the people you want at your party, just as you have no right to demand that you come to my party.

Posted by: letters' at July 1, 2008 7:15 PM

I wonder how long it will be before some "progressive" launches an action against a school girl for declining to go a school dance with a boy?

Posted by: Reid at July 1, 2008 7:16 PM

I have a "right" to no longer be bombarded by leftist ideology!

Posted by: FedUp at July 1, 2008 7:25 PM

Meanwhile, closer to home...

I keep waiting for Kate and Mark Steyn to post on this.

Posted by: SeattleRite at July 1, 2008 7:31 PM

"I wonder how long it will be before some "progressive" launches an action against a school girl for declining to go a school dance with a boy?"

Great idea! I could make a ton of money on that one if there's no statute of limitations to get in my way.

Posted by: Drained Brain at July 1, 2008 7:36 PM

I think people are getting a bit too worked up about this.

"The school, in Lund, southern Sweden, argues that if invitations are handed out on school premises then it must ensure there is no discrimination."

So, if they give out the invitations outside the school, there is no problem.

Actually, our school (Toronto) has the same informal policy. People either invite the whole class or they invite those they want by delivering to them outside the school. I take my kids out in the evening and we hand deliver the invitations door-to-door, and those we can't get easily we give invitations to right after school. No biggie.

Now, I can just see the usual suspects saying, "OMG, this is yet another example of Toronto idiocy", and then launch into the usual anti-Toronto tirades, but I've often thought this was a sensible policy in the younger grades. The kids don't have a problem with it. First couple of grades the whole-class parties were common, and as the kids get older, they fade away.

Much ado about nothing. Must be a slow real news day.

Posted by: Lori at July 1, 2008 7:40 PM

You have to admit, the Left is never lost for stupid ideas! Europe is beyond salvation.

I have already instructed my daughters they MUST partner with a Conservative/Libertarian because if they don't, "it" will not be allowed on the property. The stress of trying to be nice to the moonbat would be the death of me...or "it"!

Posted by: Gypsy at July 1, 2008 7:56 PM

what if it was not a birthday party but a bar mitzvah, or a confirmation ( with pork bbq) or muslim 13 year old circumcism. ( with out pork bbq)

would that be inclusive or exclusive or insulting

the swedish anthill , where everything is verbotten or required.

lieberals fall all over themselves to act like the swedish meatballs.

Posted by: cal2 at July 1, 2008 7:57 PM

fedup 7:25 body better not read below or you may pass out and your feed up come out of your brain if you have one we have no emergency open in Canada day okay just not read below to not get fed up

This is true story I heard from one of my freind

the parents of 17 years old Muslim boy went to pick theri son from school pary and they saw from glass door all boyes and girls seating adn kissing each otehr and dancing together close to principal

parent compalin to principal and board of educatin saying you are not suppose to bring our son to party in so young age let them to kiss the gilr

the woman in board of education said
oh... quiet you Muslim they are not have sex they only are kissing

the parent complain to higer level
why you train so young kid to have kiss get allow in school prmoisis then you teach them how to prevent ealry pregnacy for teenger in school

this can lead children by teac and support by old woman principla and board of Educatin of Canada is spread early sex among teenagers

finaly parent of muslim teenage boy told the school we were nto familr with your culture and his son not was seen by gilr but they have more younger childrent they voice up to stop let
young boys kiss the young girl in shcool
and Muslim mom yelling to old woman principal said that if you like to have so many sex wtih so many boys as you christian do so and even party your daugher go party with othe boy and dance with him you can not change Muslim to be like you

argue went high and finally schol ban teh teenge boy Muslim not come to nay pary but still all kissing girl party is on in final graducation in school

that is discusing to let your daughter touch with unknow boys in school for having paty
this kissing and dancing in graduation better to get stop for no reason to do alllow them

I am agree with this encourage teenage to start first step for close sexualy togetehr in school

this old prinicipal in board of education who let teenagers touch each otehr must all get fired in Canada then they made fun of our prophet

Posted by: moss at July 1, 2008 8:02 PM

if the prophet had limited himself to 17 year old girls instead of 12 or less maybe you would have a valid point. but he dinna , did he.
also some of the sura's seem to suggest he was a little AC/DC

white boy troll, or HRC plant.

Posted by: cal2 at July 1, 2008 8:11 PM

"Let's just castrate every little boy at the age of 5, and be done with it".

Oh? Easy for you to say, Kate. I was thinking in terms of spaying all the females at age 5. Same result....... or do I presume too much?.

Posted by: BCer at July 1, 2008 8:11 PM

Canada. Love it or leave it.

There's plenty of goats in the old country.

Posted by: set you free at July 1, 2008 8:13 PM

Michael Savage coined the truism Liberalism is a mental disorder. Talk about ahead of his time.

Posted by: reg dunlop at July 1, 2008 8:28 PM

Nobody said prophet Mohamad did sleep with young 9 girl this what soman roshdi said to defame prophet Mohammad

prophet Mohammad could pick any big girl in those time and all were not virgin in time prophet Mohamad came in the time was most of them were arab barbarin and each rich guy has 100 wives and poor has too much adultry

as only one wife choose from early age by Mohamad was Ayashe and she was virgin and 9 years old and tehy marry later

after mohammad train arab as of today to do not let your teenger touch before marry by teach them how to keep them virgin

now some time arab culture are so much restricted while prophet Moaamd did not said woman can mary and divorce or but again

only one wife of propeht mohamd was virgin who choose ealry age to grow with him even theres is hadith that propeht Mohamad was put her in his shoulder look like his daughter for several years until she grow up

you can not allow schoold train teengare to get touch to each other this is sin

prophet mohamd first wife was 45 years old woman who was divorece and she was 20 years older than propeht moahamnd and he was with her until she dies and nver marry until she died and it proof all teh sysmt he has specific politic way that proof he was not entertain with woman

he marry young gilr and later to teach arab donot let your daughet have adultry before marriage
even most people pray status not god in time of prophet moahamd

prophet Mohamd job was very difficutl to deal with those people and change them to pray god
plus in arab time gilr are grown up
but in school time this is not marrieg this is only bad culture
this is new fashion to dress up for graduatin and let go and kiss your dance partner
this is more than after
as you can saying you christian against young sex while girl and boys are involve in early teeng and too many prgrancy proof that
what you say and waht your girld does and boyes are not adult wish for it
becuase systme is encourage them to go and touch each other in start kiss then go to higher steps

then you let other melss and touch your innocent teenager without you thinking
that today teenage girl and boys and dependy to family are not like 2000 years ago same age group

if you go to some village in midel east their teenagers are so mature than kids in cnada are grown up htey are too mentally child

most childen muslim party made food and or tell their freind how they need to eat or they bring their own food to party by their mom prepared and only eat the cake

now in Canda too many lunch lady who are made prepare lunch for shcoold get order from Muslim kids and made halal food deliver to school too.

if you have muslim you can only give them veggi
of fish and chips ( fish must kosher or halal fish with hard scale no lobser but shrimp is ok)
there is too many option avialable if you have Muslim freind need to come to your children party in today
if you have children party parent must supervis the children
or if teengeer has paty we can not let old woman principal remember her youth time to open hipi time open to young kids

century is change I saw too many christian also are agree with this comment
unles or expect the one who had fun alot in thier youth teen time like to tranfer old wrong culture still

this is 8 years old kis birth party why not arrange one
ther is so many sport club has room cheap can skate or bowling place to invite all kids not only few
I think moralit ther is way to find economically made to invite all kids is bettere
they are kids adn senstive

kids when back form party talk about it for two to three days therefor for kid not invited is difficult
I recomanded get or rent place can be cheap or community or sport club or ski o skate club and invite all or ask your neighbor house to be your party if you not have room and made it cheape food able to invite all
then bring your kid seperat to more activity with family member or kid in neighbor hood not with classmate if you can not afford one

this is matter of think as best you can to creat all best option and explain some excuse for the one if not able to invite them to not hurt them simple
children learn behaviour form parents if parnes are open and freindly their chilrdn is feindly too if they are not most likely their children is not too

Posted by: moss at July 1, 2008 8:37 PM

Alert alert:
Mos is an idiot.
Well I guess you all knew that anyway.

Mos, you irritate me by taking up space here.
Go away. Please. For the love of god and all
that is right and holy, go away, you moron.

Posted by: Canuckguy at July 1, 2008 8:41 PM

alert alert:
canuck is that 8 years swedish birth day boy
not inviting moss to thier Canada day party
and moss seat and cry and plan to send compalin to hrc

Posted by: res at July 1, 2008 8:50 PM

BCer -

I think that you've mis-interpreted Kate's statement. I take her meaning to be that the school is already interfering so much with the boy's freedom that castration is the logical outcome of their actions. I've been visiting this site for years and have never found Kate to be hostile to us men.

Posted by: Silicon Valley Jim at July 1, 2008 8:55 PM


Great for you!!!! Teaching kids that they have to hide their birthdays and who their friends are.

You might be a little alarmed that in the school that my children went to, in the elementary grades, they actually announced birthdays on the PA and gave the kids ice cream. Thank God that, with the apparent exception of my kids, no kid knew they were not invited to the party. They do keep secrets well at that age.

BTW: They didn't know who the fastest runner was either - because they all got a participant ribbon.

Posted by: ural at July 1, 2008 8:59 PM

So, what if the two that were not invited are the class bullies? What if they're idiotic, violent, anti-social misfits nobody likes? Lord knows they exist, I had two of those psychopaths in every grade from kindergarten to university. What if the birthday boy was trying to make a point. Trying to "nurture and guide" the two sociopaths to more acceptable behavior. You know, tough love kinda thing. The teacher pretty much screwed up that plan . . . Heartless twit.

Posted by: Marc at July 1, 2008 9:00 PM

Folks this is the direction in which we are headed and we may end up there sooner than we think unless we get politicians with the courage to repeal the HR Act and dismantle every single HRC.

Posted by: Alain at July 1, 2008 9:09 PM

participate in party is so good and positive that can made worst enemy to act freindly with you after
they are kid not adult

school in so young age try to allow in good school kid do not see any fight to their heart like adult unless the kid may has some abnormalit

children in age 8 are great, such as today are fight tommorrow are freind again in most cases they are not see anything so serious and all fight is matter of thier frienship to work out over game or school grade jelosy

most party need to get supervise with adult if you invite more kids you need to ask more adult volanteer to help you out for even thier safty

what most kids do eat and cut the cake open the gift some at the end birth day kid pass also some small gift to participant too

I do not belive in so young age children choice is mostly their parent may limit the kid number to come all must control by teecher is better

most parent not know thier kids freinds talk to teacher before send the invitation is also is good too for any reason may teacher said not invite certain kid to your child party

if you want to protect yourchild from class bully invite him or her and try to work out as parent with them to help your child protection and embarse that bully

Posted by: moss at July 1, 2008 9:19 PM


Posted by: Marc at July 1, 2008 9:24 PM

I just figured it out! The year is over. That's why fake gameboy 3 has so much time to be around!

Posted by: Justthinkin at July 1, 2008 9:40 PM

so many interesting thing about nonMuslim behaviour toward Muslim writer

if I use the name as I did in past to test you and say an opinion you can not figure out the writer is Muslim you act normal

if I come back with the Muslim name and mention Islam and you have no pay attention to idea of what person is talking about
or suspected hrc then you act unnormal and defendenat

Now I can understand why some Muslim change their name
if the name is
ali change it AL
if is Ismael change to Sam
if the name is Mohamad change to Mark

or otehr funny nonMuslim name

when I tried to say any thing as long as you know the person is Muslim
you can defendent espcially Canadian woman are so talk negative

that is blind hate that hrc is talking about
some writer only hate Muslim such shaken or
justthinking or penny or

just you hate Muslim and multiculturism who dictaite with some group in some past few years to brainwash you.

Posted by: moss at July 1, 2008 10:07 PM

You know, this 'moss' or 'haye' or whatever name he comes up with at the moment, is actually insulting Muslims.

He's defining a Muslim as someone not only unable to speak English but unable to speak any language because his fake English requires him to reject any grammar. But all languages have grammar!

He's insulting Muslims by his routine of their lacking grammar. He's further insulting Muslims by his superficial references to their beliefs and by his taunts and put-downs on this blog.

There are lots of Muslims in Canada, well-educated and able to speak several languages, and who can conduct an intelligent, critical and knowledgeable debate about culture and religion. Think of Salim Mansur, think of Tarek Fatah. Both of them are great.

This 'moss-haye', by his mockery of Muslims, is denigrating and insulting them.

Posted by: ET at July 1, 2008 10:17 PM

Well, if we are looking for a 5 year old to start on...

Posted by: Shaken at July 1, 2008 10:20 PM

Incredible. Children in Sweden now have a right to be invited to any and all birthday parties thrown by their classmates?

Posted by: mark peters at July 1, 2008 10:25 PM


Great for you!!!! Teaching kids that they have to hide their birthdays and who their friends are.


Ural, do you actually have kids that age?

Early grades their "best friend" is whoever they played with last in the playground that day. Their worst enemy is whoever took their pencil at school that day. And the next day the two switch.

I don't know any psycho kids aged 6 or 7 or 8 in their classes. I know lots of psycho parents and a couple of psycho teachers, though.

And as for kids aged 7 and 8 keeping secrets? First of all, why should they? Second of all, I repeat my first question - do you actually have kids that age? Everything that they see, hear, and do is repeated ad infinitum to anyone who wants to listen.

Like I said, my kids know who their friends are and who they want to invite. They do it after school. They also learn a bit about group dynamics this way.

Are you telling me that it's not different in a large workplace? If you work in a place with 50 co-workers, and you invite some to your house, do you announce in front of 50 that only 5 are coming. Or do you take those 5 aside and tell them more discretely.

Posted by: Lori at July 1, 2008 10:40 PM

Kate,I can't remember exactly where I read it,but it was in the last day or two, but someone was putting you down for being nonchalant. Castrating children is not nonchalant.But if they are not allowed to be different,why not make them the same.Forget the Stepford wives,a perfect world would be Stepford people.

Posted by: wallyj at July 1, 2008 11:08 PM

Go away. Please. For the love of god and all
that is right and holy, go away, you moron.

I'm on the floor LOL. Did Wylie Coyote ever stop the Roadrunner? Can mere mortals stop The Moss and all of his incarnations? He's a moronic troll out on an extended joy ride, but, sadly he's one of ours. I'm with ET on this, he's no Muslim.

On topic, it's a matter of time before there is a kiddie Gulag, a daycare for the children of wayward and careless parents, in Euroweenieland. Refresh my memory, but, wasn't there an utterance in Britain by some Nanny state wag to identify criminals before birth using DNA?

What kind of state has an interest in a kid's party? Only one with evil intentions.

Posted by: penny at July 1, 2008 11:21 PM

"I wonder how long it will be before some "progressive" launches an action against a school girl for declining to go a school dance with a boy?"

The Supreme Court of Canada has already ruled a couple of times that "freedom of association does not include the right not to associate". So there go all the laws against stalking and harassment.

BTW, Bertha Wilson was the imbecile judge who came up with this nonsense. Among other things.

Posted by: nv53 at July 1, 2008 11:23 PM


Well, I did have when they were that age. I have one in university (real science) and one in high school now.

I can't detect any emotional or physical damage in them from not being invited to a party.

Perhaps you can send a few social engineers over to "educate" me and let my children know the damages they have suffered.

BTW: Don't think that social services can take them away from me because of their ages (they can leave on their own) ... but a they can still sue me!!!

I'm sure that I wasn't invited to more than one party when I was a kid (and I didn't invite kids to my parties also) ... am I a victim or bully? Where is a sociology grad when you really need one? ... Oh yeah, our government and teacher unions snapped them all up.

Posted by: ural at July 1, 2008 11:24 PM

Let us not forget that Sweden is the same country where they are seriously considering -making- women wear more clothes so as not to inflame the men of a certain religious persuasion recently arrived upon their shores.

You know, to reduce the incidence of rape and all. Its become a problem, it seems.

Posted by: The Phantom at July 1, 2008 11:42 PM

The reason Sweden has such a high suicide rate is idiots like these in power, what hope does anyone have in that socialist utopia. Yes I have been to the dances and night-clubs and seen the young men passed out under the tables in Sweden, the women dance with each other, a sober mans utopia is all it is when he is the last man standing. Scandinavia has bought in to socialism and this is the results. Open a season on socialists and environmentalists, since they have had a season on the rest of us taxpayers for years.

Posted by: bartinsky at July 2, 2008 12:15 AM

Gees, I just love when people make up human rights as they go along. Just like Paul (Mr. Dithers) Martin saying that marriage is a human right and he knows a human right when he sees one.

I didn't know that being like by everyone is a human right. Who would have thought.

Posted by: Fiumara at July 2, 2008 12:40 AM

I have to admit I agree with Lori somewhat. This whole incident is stupid and it is beyond ridiculous that it's gone political, but I can see that it would make sense for the teacher to prevent a kid from handing out invitations in class. In that environment, when all the kids are present and watching, it's not just about handing out invitations or not being invited to a party, but also social ostracism, which can be pretty hurtful to young children. Teachers shouldn't allow that kind of crap to go on within classroom walls. The teacher should have taken the kid aside and told him to do the handout on his own time or during recess.

Posted by: Dudley Morris at July 2, 2008 2:19 AM

When I read stories like this, I honestly shake my head at the human race. I always like to think that I try to see the other side of any matter. But, honestly, no right-thinking person would have let this escalate to this point.

The fact that so many people in Sweden have allowed this matter to snowball boggles the mind.

It's one thing to argue (as some have done here) that reasonable limits on non-school-related student activity in the classroom should be placed. It is, however, achieving Twilight-Zone-esque proportions of absurdity for a national government to involve itself in the affairs of a child's birthday party.

Mind boggling.

Posted by: Colin at July 2, 2008 3:00 AM

Gee most people have already forgotten one kid did not invite him to his own party. Why was he not brought or hauled before this court of jesters?

Could it be he is a member of the "Religion of Peace". Naw couldn’t be. No picture of the boys where given nor names. Since when is it the States business to tell parents who to even invite. Look at the two characters. One a tormenter, or bully the other who shunned him but gets a free pass. I want to know why this double standard!!!!

This is not a slow news day this is a legitimate abuse where talking about. What next, will be telling your own child your religion become a crime? The food they eat or the air they breath or even your right as an adult to have children? I hear people say this all the time. Yet we slaughter our youth in the millions. Drug boy’s almost stupid, than wonder about gangs.

Posted by: Revnant Dream at July 2, 2008 4:55 AM

When I was eight, I wasn't invited to the birthday party of our mayor's daughter, who was in my class.

Question; as that was over fifty years ago, is there a statute of limitations on hurt feelings?

Is the fact that at that time I considered girls kind of "yucky" a mitigating factor?

Posted by: dmorris at July 2, 2008 9:38 AM

dmorris, of course there is no statute of limitations on hurt feeeeeelings. You are obviously the victim of a terrible, terrible injustice and even now the wheels of Canadian justice stand poised to grind into motion at a nod from your poor, victimized, shattered victim self.

Unnless, well... you're not, um, White or anything, are you? Or like, you know, Christian?

Posted by: The Phantom at July 2, 2008 11:20 AM

Lori has made some very good points on this topic. It is a sensible policy in the early elementary grades to remove the the little psycho-dramas that would follow handing out birthday invitations to some members of the class while leaving others out. It is the reason that teachers in these grades develop "inclusive" Valentine's Day procedures (everybody gets one, or each student gets to pick from a hat a number of classmates to receive a Valentine). Send your true love a good one through Canada Post or deliver it in person to the home of the little red-haired girl.

The problem, I think, is that schools never move beyond this type of artificial "inclusion" to really educate children about freedom of association. This would include both some discussion of good manners on one side and helping children understand, on the other, that people hang out with whom they please, and we'd all be better off we got used to it.

Posted by: Roseberry at July 2, 2008 1:05 PM

Lori didn't make good points, she illustrates bad points.

Have any of you who think the state should be policing people's feelings not understand that it's the mindsets this crap engenders that is the origin of all leftardism??

If people learned good and early that the world doesn't revolve around them, that you sometimes lose and this is normal, that you aren't entitled to everything you want just because you want it, maybe we wouldn't be in societal collapse and we wouldn't have so many losers and other socialists.

Sorry for the run-on sentence. I was taught self-esteem instead of English...

Posted by: Warwick at July 2, 2008 1:46 PM

Roseberry said: "The problem, I think, is that schools never move beyond this type of artificial "inclusion" to really educate children about freedom of association."

My dear, you give them too much credit. The school curriculum is designed so you never, ever even hear about freedom of association. They don't believe in freedom of association.

They believe in being a good team player. They believe in group dynamics and fitting in. They believe in equality of -outcomes-, not equality of -opportunity-.

This becomes more obvious as the kids get older because the teachers have to work harder and harder to skew things so everybody comes out the same. No more keeping score, no picking your own teams, everybody gets an award on awards day, etc.

Shut up, fit in, pass the ball, keep your head down and be a good little replaceable cog in the teaching factory. Mediocrity will be rewarded, excellence will be punished. This is the lesson.

Posted by: The Phantom at July 2, 2008 3:03 PM

Is there any reason anyone can think of for NOT allowing Islamofascists to bomb that loser country out of existence.

Posted by: Derek N at July 4, 2008 5:56 PM

Is there any reason anyone can think of for NOT allowing Islamofascists to bomb that loser country out of existence.

Posted by: Derek N at July 4, 2008 5:56 PM