Being a teacher is a responsible duty and you have to set an example to students. However, a few of them end up in the wrong place. A teacher in Canada was suspended after he showed his students videos like bizarre Flash video classic Salad Fingers.
The unnamed teacher worked at a school near to Prince George, British Columbia and decided that he’d show his students a few innocent videos.
Amongst those videos were things like Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared – a surreal web horror series – Asdfmovie – another weird internet series and, of course, Salad Fingers.
Apparently, most of the students were not familiar with such thing and they freaked out.
Just so you know, Salad Fingers is a creation of British animator David Firth that came out in 2004. It features a haunting soundtrack and an even more haunting green protagonist who seems to be sexually excited by rusty things.
The British Columbia Commissioner for Teacher Regulation, Howard Kushner, released a statement in which they outlined the reasons for the teacher’s suspension.
It’s like no other document of this sort. Seriously, what must the admin worker at the BC Schools head office must have thought when asked to type this out.
It read: “One called Salad Fingers featured an animated character who says ‘the feeling of rust against my salad fingers is almost orgasmic’ followed by ‘I must caress your rusty kettle’.
“The second film was called Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared which shows puppets drawing skulls, then trying to glue glitter on an anatomical heart, cutting a pie made of bloody meat and writing out the word ‘death’.”
“The third video was called the Asdfmovie which depicts stick characters including one female stabbing each other in a fit of jealousy, and then a number of dead stick children.”
It was also said that this teacher was often asking students about crushes, talking to students about their boy/girlfriends, and discussing his own ‘expensive’ divorce.
The suspension document, signed by the commissioner and the teacher himself, states that he knows that he ‘demonstrated poor judgement in his interactions with students in sharing inappropriate videos and personal information with them’.