Monday, December 3, 2007

Yancey Jones- Assistant Custodian

Hey you whippersnappers! Quit making messes, that I have to clean up your school, my name is Yancey Jones. Most students know me as Mr. Jones or Mr. Yancey. Currently I am employed as a custodian at Maui High School. I was born in Jonesboro Texas in 1955. My Papi and Mami died when i was but a lad and lived with my brother until I was sent to prison in the early 1970s. I spent a ten year sentance at a prison in Texas for killing a man in Dallas. I escaped prison by boaring a hole through the ground with my friend Lenny, using nothing but a spoon, a tooth pick, and a copy of The Unvanquished, by William Faulkner. I fled to Hawaii 10 years ago and recently picked up a job as a custodian.

Currently I enjoy cruising around in my Harley Davidson. I work on my truck whenever i possibly can. I hate my job, but there isn't any work available that won't do a background check so I am stuck here dealing with these punk kids making messes and being disrespectful. I never got the advantages these kids got and dag-namit they take it for granted. -Yancey Jones

7 comments:

sarah said...

Hey Yancey!

Our school PTSA is having talk about bannaing some books from our highschool readings because of the sex/rape, drug and alcohal talked about in many of them. Some of these books are The Kite Runner and The Perks Of Being A Wallflower. I think that these boks are good for students to read in school because highschoolers face thse issues already, and reading/talking about them with their peers with help them to perhaps cope with their situations. What do you think about theese books, do you think the talk to sex and drugs is to much for us as highschooler?
write back, thanks!
-hannah montana

Techno Trish said...

Evie Carlson

Hi, what do you think about the books being banned and stuff?

Techno Trish said...

I like the Perks Of Being A Wallflower and One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. I don't think there is anything wrong with reading them. I'll do what I want to. I'm going to check out that Beloved book soon. I saw the movie with Oprah and thought it was a riot.

Mackin said...
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Mackin said...

“If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind. Were an opinion a personal possession of no value except to the owner; if to be obstructed in the enjoyment of it were simply a private injury, it would make some difference whether the injury was inflicted only on a few persons or on many. But the peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.” — On Liberty, John Stuart Mill
Times have changed. I know you are against having us read the books that are on the ban list, but here’s the thing: you’re old, and you’re living in a young person’s world. We weren’t alive during the Civil Rights movement like you. You experienced things that will last a lifetime. My generation, however, needs to read about how bad things were to believe it. My friends are appalled when they read what is in some of those books- we don’t know how bad things are, because we don’t have it that bad! Don’t you understand that Yancey? It reminds us of the need to be open-minded, and accepting, and against segregation and racism and sexism and all kinds of discrimination. It’s the push we need, because we don’t see those things every day. And for those of us that do, then what we are reading in the books isn’t a shock and we shouldn’t not be allowed to read it.
I know you’re old, but you know what the Constitution is, right? A defense of our rights? Well yeah, that’s still around. And we still have our first amendment right: “CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW RESPECTING AN ESTABLISHMENT OF RELIGION, OR PROHIBITING THE FREE EXERCISE THEREOF; OR ABRIDGING THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH, OR OF THE PRESS; OR THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE PEACEABLY TO ASSEMBLE, AND TO PETITION THE GOVERNMENT FOR A REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES.”
Book banning has gone to the Supreme Court, Yance-monster. Just so you know. So just because you are old and you think that we are young and sexual, doesn’t mean everyone thinks that. There are people older and way smarter and more dignified than you in courts everywhere who agree with me. Exhibit A: Todd v. Rochester Community Schools, where it was decided that Slaughterhouse-Five could not be banned from the libraries and classrooms of the Michigan schools. In that case the Court of Appeals of Michigan declared: "Vonnegut's literary dwellings on war, religion, death, Christ, God, government, politics, and any other subject should be as welcome in the public schools of this state as those of Machiavelli, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Melville, Lenin, Joseph McCarthy, or Walt Disney. The students of Michigan are free to make of Slaughterhouse-Five what they will." Word up.

Love, Ben Hogan

Megan said...

HEy Yancey,
Those darn kids need to quit worrying about one little book. They should be reading the classics like Moby Dick anyways. I'm surprised the kids even care. They are usually all at the movies now anyways. Well I think that these teachers need to let kids read whatever they want. Atleast they would be reading then. Call me later about helping me clean up that puke that someone left for us in the locker room. Maybe if we leave it there the kids won't do it again. SEe ya later.
-Albert

-Albert Roy

Shannon said...

Hey,

So as a janitor how do you feel about this book banned thing? it would be interesting to hear how you feel about it.

Gabbie Alexander