Here, thanks to some links provided to Ethics Alarms by students at North County High School, is the essay that was written in response to a teacher’s directive to write a satirical solution to a current societal problem in the style and spirit of Jonathan Swift’s famous essay advocating the conversion of excess Irish children to foodstuffs.
Student’s name: Connor Poole
Verdict: Pure satire, bold and for a writer so young, brilliantly executed.
Here is the paper that prompted administrators to try to turn Connor into a pariah, so precisely delivering what was assigned that it has exposed mass incompetence and cowardice at North County High School:
The news media did Mr. Poole a disservice by failing to publish his entire masterpiece, as the snippets released allowed some to speculate that the essay was not obviously satirical but merely a serious racist document using the Swiftian format as cover. Obviously it is not racist any more than Swift’s essay reveled his hatred of Irish children. The piece exactly emulates its model—as assigned—in tone, humor and intentional outrageousness.
The public school system must be doing something right, because in this case it has produced one astute and skilled young man, and one of impressive courage, all wonderful portents of achievements to come. Also praiseworthy are the many students, including those who contacted me, who are now vigorously supporting Connor.
I have an immodest proposal, and a serious one. President Obama should invite Connor Poole to the White House. He is far more deserving of the honor than Ahmed, the junior Muslim cool clock-maker, and supporting a student who is being unjustly abused by carriers of the political correctness plague might cool the fever significantly, and do the U.S. culture a great deal of good.
Don’t let the bastards get you down, Connor.