Update: A USPS spokesperson says no decision has been made to destroy the stamps. Such a decision would occur later this year.
It’s tough being a kid. It’s even tougher learning to be tough with namby pamby adults running things.
The United States Postal Service, which is only $4 billion in the red this year, will destroy a series of stamps that depict youngsters doing ‘unsafe’ things, according to multiple reports.
The “Just Move” collection of stamps were intended to promote the government’s “Let’s Move” campaign advocating physical fitness, a cause championed by first lady Michelle Obama.
But three of the 15 colorful stamps allegedly show behavior the White House deems unacceptable — skateboarding without knee pads, doing a ‘cannonball’ into a pool, and performing a handstand without a helmet.
You know what’s really unsafe? Hitting a baseball without eyeballs or swimming without a nose like the poor children on these stamps.
PostalNews.com, a website that usually can cure insomnia, reports the “unsafe depictions came to light after USPS Marketing chief Nagisa Manabe asked Michelle Obama to take part in a first day ceremony for the stamps.”
PostalNews says the “entire press run” will be destroyed, but other sites, such as The Daily Caller, suggest the stamps are perhaps not yet printed. I’ve not seen an estimate of what it cost to produce the stamps.
I’m not tough, but when I was a kid I swung on rope swings into lakes and ponds without a helmet or life preserver and survived. I probably would have been able to handle looking at these stamps.
Today’s kids, who spend more time jacking rides in Grand Theft Auto 5 than stamp collecting, could probably handle it too.
Meanwhile, in Massachusetts, a high school is punishing an honor student who drove a drunk friend home.
The student, who police say was not drinking, ran afoul of the school’s “zero tolerance” policy by picking up the friend after she left work. For helping a friend, the girl was demoted from being captain of the volleyball team and told she would be suspended for five games.
Her parents have filed a lawsuit against the school system.
Yeah, it’s tough being a kid.