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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Published: March 1, 2010

According to a news report, a certain school in a Midwestern city was recently faced with a unique 
problem. A number of 12-year-old girls were beginning 
to use lipstick and would put it on in the washroom.

That was fine, but after they put on their lipstick, they would press their lips to the mirror, leaving dozens of little lip prints. Every night, the maintenance man would remove them, and the next day, the girls would put them back. Finally, the principal decided that something had to be done. He called all the girls to the washroom and met them there with the maintenance man. He explained that all these lip prints were causing a major problem for the custodian who had to clean the mirrors every night. To demonstrate how difficult it had been to clean the mirrors, he asked the maintenance man to show the girls how much effort was required.

The custodian took out a long-handled squeegee, dipped it in the toilet, and cleaned the mirror with it.

Since then, there have been no lip prints on the mirror.

The moral of the story? There are teachers, and then there are EDUCATORS!

Tom Stockton

Indianapolis, Indiana