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What the Hell

English teacher Denice Kovanda gave her students at Fillmore Central High School in Geneva, Neb., an assignment: create a travel brochure for a place they’d like to visit. Michael Sattler, 16, got a grade of zero on his. “I asked what was so wrong with it,” Sattler said. “She said I used the word Hell in every part of it. It was all about Hell, Hell, Hell.” But, Sattler argued, his brochure wasn’t for the afterlife, but rather Hell, Michigan. Sattler’s parents support the boy, and sent a copy to the unofficial mayor of Hell, John Colone. “It was good,” he said. “It had all the right information on it. The layout was great. It had good pictures. It was creative.” Colone sent the boy a box full of Hell merchandise to share with his classmates and a “Grumpier Than Hell” coffee mug for Kovanda, but principal Jim Rose intercepted the box and says he’ll send it back unopened. (RC/Ann Arbor News) ...Right: all the kid really needs is a Get Out of Hell Free card.
Publication Date: 13 May 2007
This story is in True’s book collection, Volume 13.

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