Student council president, Leslie Pickett, caused quite a stir at last week’s city council meeting. Pickett, a young political junkie, has been following local, state and national politics for most of her 17 years, but she has been paying particularly close attention over the last six months. Anyone who attends the council meetings is surely familiar with Leslie, as she attends vigilantly and takes copious amounts of notes on the proceedings with her trusty laptop.
Pickett explained that her request for a place on the agenda was spurred on by the local reaction to several mass shootings in the U.S. over the past year and in particular the response from Mayor Meyer. As you may recall, Mayor Meyer and the rest of the council voted to do away with any and all local ordinances regarding firearms due to “irrefutable logic” Mayor Meyer had seen posted by many of his Facebook friends. “I kept seeing these brilliant memes,” said Meyer at the time, “about how having gun control laws was really stupid because criminals don’t obey laws in the first place, so why would that stop them from getting a gun? I thought to myself, ‘yeah, the law doesn’t affect them so why have laws at all?’ It makes perfect, logical sense.”
Pickett immediately latched on to the idea that having rules, regulation and laws was completely useless since people broke them all of the time anyway. She then took this notion to her fellow classmates on the student council and they drafted a proposal to be unveiled at last week’s city council meeting.
Pickett began her presentation with a question: “Why should only stupid and lazy students get to cheat? It’s like I’m being punished for being playing by the rules. That’s not fair. Cheaters don’t obey the rules! I mean, students are going to cheat on tests or homework so why bother with rules about cheating?”