Let Kids be Kids

Lindsay Lillig

Remember that Geico commercial with the camel, the “happier than a camel on Wednesday” camel, to be exact? The camel is cheering about the day of the week commonly referred to as “hump day.” Viewers of the commercial likely laughed— because it’s funny.

Well, the staff of Vernon Center Middle School in Connecticut isn’t laughing. It recently banned its students from quoting the commercial or even using the phrase “Hump day.” It was reported kids were incessantly repeating “It’s hump day” in the hallways and classrooms.

KMBC interviewed residents of the town for their thoughts and feelings on the matter. Nearly everyone interviewed agreed that it was an unnecessary disturbance. The superintendant stated it “was not a district or even a school wide issue, but that teachers just wanted to nip it in the bud.” Therefore, a string of three words was banned from the school.

Teachers and students alike have referred to Wednesday as “hump day” for as long as I can remember. I do not recall a week of school, in my near 16 years of education, during which someone did not refer to Wednesday as hump day or say, “We’ve made it over the hump.”

It is a common phrase not isolated to the school week. People in the workplace say it all the time—hence why the aforementioned commercial was set in an office space. Clearly, I cannot be the only one who comprehends how excessive this method of action is. The superintendent admitted that it was not even a school-wide problem yet. The school banned the phrase because it was an issue in a couple of classes.

Really, Vernon Center Middle School? They are middle-schoolers. They are supposed to be unruly and say silly things repeatedly and loudly. Can it really be expected that a 12-year-old boy is going to be able to resist quoting a camel saying “It’s hump day”? I am 20 years old and think it’s hilarious. I laugh every time I see it. What happened to just sending a kid to the principal’s office for acting out? At least half of the kids going around saying it are probably completely unaware of any sexual connotation that could be tacked onto it. Do I need to remind you, Vernon Center Middle School, of the vast percent of college students who still make “That’s what she said” jokes after every sentence? I don’t see any universities banning those comments.

Cherish the fact that these kids find humor in stupid jokes. Many kids are being forced to take themselves too seriously at too young of an age. They need to laugh and make dumb remarks. They will likely find a different phrase to chant relentlessly in a week, so a preemptive ban is about the most idiotic move one could make. Laugh at commercials, let kids be kids and let camels have their day.