Sunday, December 9, 2007

Nun Too Good

If this would have happened when I was in Catholic school, my head would have exploded:
Nun reads list of curse words to kids
The Associated Press

GROSSE POINTE PARK, Mich. --Sister Kathy Avery won't put up with swearing on the playground at her school, and she's not above repeating the offending language to make sure everyone understands which words she won't tolerate.
The principal of St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic School had students stay after a Mass last month and informed the fifth- through eighth-graders that she has a zero-tolerance policy for cursing.
Just in case anyone wasn't sure what she was talking about, Avery read off a list of the very words and phrases that she was banning.
"It got a little quiet in church" during her talk, she told the Detroit Free Press.
Some parents were shocked, but others applauded, the newspaper said.
"In a way you would think a nun would shy away from something like that, but she's very open with the children, very clear in her messages," said Margaret Roache, chairperson of the school commission.
Roache's sixth-grade son was there when Avery read the list of banned words.
"When I asked him to give me a sample of it, he said 'Oh, no, I can't say it!'" Roache said. "I thought it was great."
A representative of the Archdiocese of Detroit declined to comment Sunday.
Cuss words aren't the only things that set Avery off. She's also banned the words "stupid" and "boring."


  1. wow. I don't know where to begin. Talk about a well balanced education. I bet the phrase "Shut up" was banned too. I got in trouble at camp one summer. "Ricky said the S-word!" "No I didn't, I said Shut Up!" "He said the S word again!"
    "Seriously, I just told them to shut up!"

  2. Wow. I can think of a few words that I never want to hear a nun say. Do you think she even KNOWS all of the really bad ones? That's it, I'm going to try to get a transcript.

  3. Wow! Well, at least it was clear! I hope it works! Sounds like it is for now! :)