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The times they are a changin’

Bet you can’t answer this question: What do the names “F-Bomb Firetrucks” and “Bamfs” have in common?

Answer: Both are proposed names for volleyball teams at my 7-year-old grandson’s K-8 school!

I was outraged when my son told me, even though I had to ask him what Bamf means. Both he and my daughter-in-law immediately fired off angry replies to the school, and if the names aren’t changed, they’ll both be up at the school in someone’s face — probably with me right behind them.

What kind of teacher or administrator would condone names like that at school? Unless maybe they’re even more old-fashioned and naive than I am. But even I would know enough to check to find out what the names mean. And I’d be responsible enough  to instantly forbid them.

We are assuming — hoping — the names were suggested by students and overlooked by school personnel. The alternative, that some teacher actually suggested such names, is just too grotesque.

Today’s kids grow up far too fast as it is and learn about the harsher side of life far too soon. Their teachers should not be a part of that.


  1. You just have to hope that they were names chosen by kids, who really didn’t know any better. If it is the teachers, I’d be truly concerned about my daughters being educated in that school.
    The names were probably chosen by kids who thought they were being “smart,” showing off to their friends and putting one over on teachers. Which apparently they did.

  2. Ok, you got me on the BAMF thing. Aside from the sound Nightcrawler makes when he teleports I have no idea what it means.
    Google is your friend …

"Nothing is more dangerous than ignorance and intolerance armed with power." ~ Voltaire

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