Tuesday, February 28, 2006

See, it's stuff like this that makes me afraid to have kids...

Here's the deal, in a nutshell: a class from Holly takes a field trip to the Detroit Institute of Art. While they are there, a 12-year-old boy needed to get rid of his gum.

So he stuck it to a painting.

Specifically he stuck it to:
Helen Frankenthaler's 1963 abstract painting "The Bay," damaging one of the most important modern paintings in the museum's collection and a landmark picture in the artist's output.

The picture (shown to the right) is worth an estimated $1.5 million. And the kid stuck gum to it.

What was he thinking?

Is this the kind of thing I can look forward to someday?

"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Billy's Parents:

We regret to inform you that your child has been suspended from school for damaging a piece of artwork worth more than the sum total of all your internal organs, were you to sell them on the black market. Which you may need to do, should the museum decide to sue for damages."

The museum says the painting will make a full recovery.

The kid's always gonna be an idiot.

Link to story


Anonymous said...

"...he is only 12 and I don't think he understood the ramifications of what he did before it happened, but he certainly understands the severity of it now"

she's joking right? he's not 8.

this is what happens when we let whitey into the city. wait, that's barbara-rose collins talking.

stray_thoughts said...

The article directly & indirectly refers to this kid as a scofflaw, a deliquent, and mischievous. He made a mistake; that's what growing up is all about. I don't think we need to make things worse by calling him an idiot...

...even if he might be dumber than a rock and twice as dense.

I can't help but wonder about the "disciplinary action" he received from his parents...

alpharat said...

When I was a kid, that would have been a sound ass-whupping.

Anonymous said...

it was all the fault of the teacher.

just kidding...

Angeline Rose Larimer said...

I always thought the no-gum chewing policy in school was a bit overboard. Now I understand.

At least it wasn't a sharpie. Though, I'm not sure where he'd have drawn the mustache.

Jennifer said...

A budding Dada-ist, I say!

My mission in life is to guilt all the cool people into having lots of children, so consider this carefully before you decide to have the boys snipped:

In a not-so-random study of five children, including the aforementioned "vandal" and four of my own kids, it has been proven that most of the damage done by children does not involve famous works of art, but rather the paint-job on the neighbor's late model sports car and, if they go through a secret steroids phase at age 17, drywall is sure to be a favorite target. All you really need to get through parenthood is $200 and a large container of spackle.

Trust me.

You guys would be great parents.

We need to populate the world with cool people!

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