Jessica, 16, told KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson Show that a week before spring break, the students commit to a week-long community service project. She decided to volunteer in a third grade class at a public school, which she would like to remain nameless.
"At the end of the week I had an idea to fill little plastic eggs with treats and jelly beans and other candy, but I was kind of unsure how the teacher would feel about that," Jessica said. She was concerned how the teacher might react to the eggs after of a meeting earlier in the week where she learned about "their abstract behavior rules."
"I went to the teacher to get her approval and she wanted to ask the administration to see if it was okay," Jessica explained. "She said that I could do it as long as I called this treat 'spring spheres.' I couldn't call them Easter eggs." Rather than question the decision, Jessica opted to "roll with it." But the third graders had other ideas.
"When I took them out of the bag, the teacher said, 'Oh look, spring spheres' and all the kids were like 'Wow, Easter eggs.' So they knew," Jessica said. The Seattle elementary school isn’t the only government organization using spring over Easter. The city’s parks department has removed Easter from all of its advertised egg hunts.
What makes this story believable? Easy: "Happy Holidays", "Spring Sale", "sanitation Engineer." The list goes on. We are accustomed to political correctness gone incorrect, and substitutions like this are fairly common and fool no one. In addition, an actual person called in to the radio show, at least putting a voice, if not a face, to the story.
What makes the story all legend-y? Just as easy: The protagonist has no last name. The school has no name or location other than presumably somewhere in the Seattle area. The teacher has no name. The school has "abstract behavior rules" ?!
In the balance, unless I see a story that at least name the school system, I'm sticking with legend. The deal-sealer for me - The teacher inexplicably calls the Easter eggs "spheres" rather than "eggs" of some sort.
I reserve the right to eat my words if names are named.