Danverse, MA - Danvers High School parents recently received an automated call from school principal Thomas Murray warning that students who said the four-letter word, "Meep," at school could be suspended. The repeated use of the word was allegedly part of a plan to disrupt school in a specific area of the building and a potential disruption on the social networking site Facebook.
"Meep," is the sole word repeated by Beaker the tall, thin, orange haired assistant to Dr. Bunsen Honeydew on the Muppet Show, but even students have been reported to have no idea of the intended meaning of the word.
"It's really not about the word in particular," Murray told the Salem Times. "The reason for the message (was) a group of students were instructed to refrain from that language and other language in a particular part of the building."
According to the article, Murray gave students "a reasonable request" not to use the word to disrupt school in a hallway, and to stop other behaviors, but they did not listen.
"Students were not going along with the direction or refraining from a particular type of language," Murray said. According to the Salem Times, there was no online disruption, which Murray says was due to the warning being taken seriously. An unknown number of students were suspended, but the article stated, "there were additional factors involved in their suspension unrelated to simply saying ‘meep.’"
The story is quickly spreading online as many parents with teenagers comment on the reality of adolescent behavior. According to Loren G. Yamamoto, MD, MPH, MBA, "It is not unusual for adolescents to do the exact opposite of what their parents ask or expect of them. They dress differently. They come up with new hair styles just to be different. Their music and language are different."
Is this then just another case of teeangers trying to show their independence?