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Cry-Baby of the Week: A Guy Got Mad Because a Library Stocks Books by a Child Molester

Also this week: A girl was suspended from school for wearing a "Nobody Knows I'm a Lesbian" shirt.

by Jamie Lee Curtis Taete
Sep 18 2015, 6:25pm

It's time, once again, to marvel at some idiots who don't know how to handle the world:

Cry-Baby #1: Peter Wallace

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The incident: A man noticed there was a book available in his local library that was written by a convicted pedophile.

The appropriate response: Nothing. There are many, many, many books that were written by shitty people.

The actual response: He contacted his local paper and the head of the library to complain.

Peter Wallace is a district councillor for the Labour party in Dover, England. Last week, while in his local library, the Dover Discovery Centre, he noticed a book by Rolf Harris. Rolf, as you may know, is an artist, musician, and television personality who was convicted last year for multiple sex offenses against underage girls.

The book in question was Rolf on Art, a book Rolf wrote to accompany a BBC series he hosted about the history of art. It does not mention sex with underage girls.

Though Peter didn't say anything to library staff about the book at the time, he later decided to go to his local paper, the Kent Messenger, to voice his outrage. He also sent a letter to Paul Carter, the head of the council in charge of the library.

"Your children are the most important things in the world to you, and it really cuts me to the core to see his books on display," he told the paper. Adding, "I don't want people to think our county council condones pedophilia."

He did not specify what he wants to do with every other book in the library that was written by an objectionable person. Presumably because purging them would leave about 10 books.

A spokesperson for the head of the council told the Messenger that they were still deciding what to do about the books.

Cry-Baby #2: Chesnee High School

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The incident: A girl wore a "Nobody Knows I'm a Lesbian" shirt to school.

The appropriate response: Nothing.

The actual response: She was suspended from school.

Briana Popour is a student at Chesnee High School in Chesnee, South Carolina.

Earlier this month, Briana wore a shirt to school printed with "Nobody Knows I'm a Lesbian."

According to Briana, she was taken out of one of her classes and sent to an administrative office. There, she says an unnamed male staff member told her her shirt was "disruptive" and said she would either have to change it, or go home.

Briana says that she opted to go home, telling the man that there is nothing in the school's handbook that prohibits a "Nobody Knows I'm a Lesbian" shirt.

"When I said something to him about the handbook, he said, 'Well, not everything is in the handbook,'" Briana told South Carolina's WSPA-TV in an interview.

The station reports that Briana was suspended, but did not specify how long the suspension was for. They also reached out to the school, who defended their decision, calling the shirt "offensive and distracting".

The story of Briana's suspension received national attention. Unsurprisingly, this prompted the school to have a change of heart. On Wednesday, US News & World Report reported that Briana's suspension had been overturned. "The dress code disciplinary decision you inquired about was overturned when administration realized that although the shirt was offensive and distracting to some adults in the building, the students were paying it little attention," a spokesperson for the school told the site.

Who here is the bigger cry-baby? Let us know in this poll down here:

Previously: A chef who threatened to kill a coworker in an argument over pizza vs. a woman who called the cops because another woman called her a mean name.

Winner: The woman who got called a mean name!!!

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