Making a movie in which evil teddy bears attack a teacher got two budding filmmakers expelled from their high school, but a federal judge says it was the school that was wrong...
The boys worked on the movie "The Teddy Bear Master" from fall 2005 through summer 2006. It depicts a "teddy bear master" ordering stuffed animals to kill a teacher who had embarrassed him, but students battle the toy beasts, according to documents filed in court...
School officials had argued that the film was disruptive and that a teacher whose name was used in the movie found it threatening. Prosecutors reviewed the movie but declined to press charges.
From the CBC
You can tell this was Indiana. In New York, the principal would have complained about the characters needing more development and sentenced those boys to a Jane Campion retrospective.
Or L.A., where the teacher would've wanted a piece of the back end.
"[A teacher] urged the teens to apologize to the teacher and the school administration.
"School officials need to know you've learned a lesson," Barker said."
Man they up the ante fast in Indiana.
Pulls out a cane... In my day, anything that could easily be dismissed with an apology didn't EVER warrant an expulsion.
They need to show that they've learned a lesson, alright. Although whether it involves back-end profit-sharing, release forms, satire as an affirmative defence, or other ways and means...well, this juror is still deliberating.
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