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Jan 27 2012

Sign This Thing Right Meow!

Paradise Valley High School wants signatures? Then FINE we will give them signatures!

Update, the preamble of the petition has been updated:

“I’d like to thank everyone for their support. I never imagined that the petition would gain so much attention. However, this whole situation has been a large misunderstanding between myself and the administration.

I never meant to shed Paradise Valley in a negative light. PV is an accepting community of diverse students and staff. I have met with my principal and this situation has been resolved.

The misunderstanding was completely on my end of things. Again, thank you all for your activism and support.”

So the requirement seems to be a case of miscommunication but, in the end the kids are getting their club, huzzah.

Paradise Valley High School thought they would be tricky. Even though its 100% illegal, the school sought to either block or delay the formation of a Secular Student’s Club by requiring a petition of support. Thankfully the school might just be dumb enough  actually underestimate the internet. Silly mortals, Thou doth not know what this series of tubes can do.

So let’s do these great Americans a favor and save this school a ton of cash in legal fees by getting say…anywhere above 5,000 signatures on this petition.

Hopefully the school will get the hint. Release the kraken.

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  1. 1
    Katkinkate

    It’s possible they won’t recognise the signatures of those who are not students of the school. Not to mention those of us who aren’t even American. But I signed it anyway as the petition didn’t have a filter on it to prevent me. Good luck.

  2. 2
    geocatherder

    Signed. They may ignore me — I’m from Santa Clara, CA, in the south San Francisco Bay — but I did my best.

  3. 3
    shouldbeworking

    I signed. From Canada, but with a .ca domain, I could be from California. Unless it’s just a theory.

  4. 4
    Faithless

    Signed. Even though I’m from Evil Old Europe, it might show them what kind of waves they are creating…

  5. 5
    Faithless

    Oh, and I forgot… might this not be a case for Pharyngulation? :)

    1. 5.1
      Assassin Actual

      It might get the PZ stamp of doom if the old guy ever checks his email!

  6. 6
    fahlanding

    Signed.

  7. 7
    fahlanding

    Signed. Happy to support these students.

  8. 8
    Gwynnyd

    Signed. I was only #343. Do it.

  9. 9
    sparky_ca

    Signed in with a California zip code. I was 354.

  10. 10
    JesseW, the Juggling Janitor

    Signed as #363.

  11. 11
    JesseW, the Juggling Janitor

    Has someone posted this to the Phrangula Endless Thread? If not, someone should.

    1. 11.1
      Assassin Actual

      Doo eeeet,

      I refuse to Pimp my own work, but encouraging others to do so is another matter

  12. 12
    sumdum

    I’m number 414.

  13. 13
    movablebooklady

    Unfortunately, saw this on the petition:

    PVHS administration has required SSA’s advocates to acquire signatures of those students who are okay with it’s presence on campus.

    Please notice the “it’s” error. Boo.

    1. 13.1
      Assassin Actual

      Who can sign this is not really the point. The school’s action on having a petition in the first place is hands down against the law. I feel if we get a ton a signatures and a few strongly worded letters on the legal situation, we might be able to get the school to back off.

  14. 14
    stubby

    #472

  15. 15
    greensageb

    #603.

  16. 16
    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    Stupid administrators. Wanna be the next Cranston?

  17. 17
    Glodson

    Signed happily.

  18. 18
    lordshipmayhem

    #78

    Crommunist has also brought this to PZ’s attention.

    Currently, they’ve got 808 signatures and climbing.

  19. 19
    David Utidjian

    Couple of questions… Does the school administration really expect them to try and get more than 5,000 signatures from students of the school? There are only 1,500-1,600 students at that high school. OK.. so only one question.

    Their sports teams must get a lot of flack for choosing he name “Trojans.”

  20. 20
    David Utidjian

    Couple of questions… Does the school administration really expect them to try and get more than 5,000 signatures from students of the school? There are only 1,500-1,600 students at that high school. OK.. so only one question.

    Their sports teams must get a lot of flack for choosing the name “Trojans.”

  21. 21
    TheVirginian

    Yipppppeeee! I was signer No. 1000!!!! Do I got a door prize for crossing the threshhold just as the odometer was turning over? If I get a choice, I’ll choose to spend some time with 72 Skepchicks in this world, not the non-existent next world … Oh, and it will be strictly for intellectual purposes, indulging in skeptical camaraderie in an academic setting, not any of that Paradise hanky-panky stuff some people expect. … Not that I have ANYTHING against hanky-panky! … And no, no, no, I’m not implying that Skepchicks don’t like hanky-panky or would not be good at it … I mean, I’m sure they would all be great! great! great! at hanky-panky! I just don’t want any, y’know, misunderstandings …
    I think I’ll stop writing before I dig this hole too much deeper. It’s getting pretty hot down here and I’m starting to smell sulfur and brimstone coming up through cracks in the bottom.

  22. 22
    Donna

    Signed! I also wondered if you had to be from the school, but after reading the comments above I decided to try it anyway. I’m from Australia and it still let me sign, I am #1306. I hope lots more are added soon.

    1. 22.1
      Donna

      I also added the comment ‘discrimination is disgraceful’.

  23. 23
    laschesis

    signed as number 1226

  24. 24
    Shplane, Spess Alium

    Signed as #ALOT

  25. 25
    Cunning Pam

    #1258

  26. 26
    Aquaria

    Voted, and my comment to them:

    You guys never learn, do you? If you try to block this club, you’re going to get sued, and you’re going to lose. I’m sure your lawyers have told you that already.

    The legal costs should come out of your own pockets. You know it’s illegal, but you’re being stupid and wasting taxpayer dollars over nonsense.

    And you wonder why everyone hates you.

  27. 27
    earlycuyler

    #1339 Be sure to share on Facebook and Google +

  28. 28
    rmw1982

    #1372

    Hope it does some good. However, my guess is the school will have to be taken to court.

  29. 29
    Markita Lynda—threadrupt

    I signed (1395) with a note that unconstitutional wasting of educational funds seems to be all the rage this year but to think twice.

  30. 30
    cactusren

    Signed, and used my old address from the Phoenix area. It’s not PV, but if they try to filter out “outsider” signatures based on address or zip code, I might still slip in… I think I’m overthinking this, though…I seriously doubt they’ll do anything like that.

  31. 31
    ttch

    One way of dealing with these problems is for the school to allow the club, contingent as usual on there being a faculty advisor. Then make it clear to all faculty (in an unofficial unwritten not-clearly-stated way of course) that anyone who agrees to advise the club will be looking at serious job repercussions in the not-too-distant future.

    It’s worked before.

  32. 32
    angelinabennett

    You are signer #1474. :>

  33. 33
    JesseW, the Juggling Janitor

    The preamble now says (presumably an update):

    “I’d like to thank everyone for their support. I never imagined that the petition would gain so much attention. However, this whole situation has been a large misunderstanding between myself and the administration.

    I never meant to shed Paradise Valley in a negative light. PV is an accepting community of diverse students and staff. I have met with my principal and this situation has been resolved.

    The misunderstanding was completely on my end of things. Again, thank you all for your activism and support.”

  34. 34
    Trebuchet

    “Misunderstanding” = School Admins “OMG, we just created another Jessica Ahlquist! Call the kid and tell him we didn’t mean it!”

  35. 35
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