When a student at Brooklyn’s Leon Goldstein High dressed up as Adolf Hitler for Halloween, his “parody” fell flat with teachers with family members who died in the Holocaust. He spent the day as a “POW” in the principal’s office.
Chalkboard’s Joe Williams, who says he spent his high school years drumming up silly free-speech issues, thinks the Hitler parodist missed a key point. Unlike Mel Brooks or Monty Python, he’s not funny.
Update: By contrast, a student dressed as a suicide bomber hammed it up at a Halloween party thrown by Penn’s president, Amy Gutmann. Saad Saadi even pretended to execute a hostage. Gutmann posed with the faux terrorist. Smiles all around.