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On a not unclever teenage rebel in Sant Cugat.
CATALONIA TODAY – SECTION: LONG-TERM RESIDENT - ARTICLE FIFTY-FOUR
At a secondary school in Sant Cugat last week, one of the students secretly staged a phony riot in his classroom, filmed it, edited it, and posted it on YouTube, claiming such mêlées were an everyday occurrence at the school in question (of which he supplied the name and address).
The teachers there told me they felt insulted, humiliated even, and I could see their point. Teaching adolescents – this budding director was just fourteen – is often about as much fun as emptying a chemical toilet. For the staff, seeing their school depicted as a haven of chaos on the World Wide Web was the last straw. The culprit was expelled.
I ham fistedly played devil's advocate by insisting that what this particular teenager had done was an act of imaginative subversion worthy of Abbie Hoffman, America's best and brightest political agitator (a prime mover behind the Vietnam anti-war protests and author of a notorious guide to free living called 'Steal This Book'). Expulsion, I suggested, just isn't going to work with a truly rebellious soul: the American government, for example, hounded Hoffman out of the country, but that simply spurred him to ever more spectacular acts of sedition. The school, I hinted, would do better to follow the example of the British Establishment, which, as soon as a creative rebel hoves into sight, loses no time in praising the b'jesus out of him and then rewarding him with a reputable medal, thus neutralising him completely for the rest of what would otherwise have been a richly mischievous life.