Thursday, July 12, 2007

Truth Is Stranger #51: Boy Named Hell Refused Catholic School Enrollment

Full story here.

MELBOURNE (AFP) - A boy called Hell has been barred from enrolling in a Catholic school in Australia because his surname jarred with its religious teachings, the child's father said Monday.

The youngster's dad, 45-year-old Alex Hell, has expressed outrage after the primary school in the southern city of Melbourne allegedly refused to admit his son, Max.

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Hell said that at one point he offered to change his son's name to his wife's maiden name of Wembridge, a suggestion that he said was welcomed by the principal of St Peter the Apostle primary school, Michael McGrath.

But he changed his mind, and was then told that Max would not be able to attend the school, Hell said.

School officials later had a change of heart, but Hell now says there is no way he will ever enroll his son there. ...


Ok, the school was being idiotic and deserves the bad press. Having said that...there are some names you just want to change, aren't there? Say, to Helson. Or Heller. Or Hellman. Or Hall. Or Hill. Or Hull. Or Smith.

--I.C.

11 comments:

Jamie said...

So, basically there's no way in hell he'd enroll his son now.......
;)

The Ironic Catholic said...
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The Ironic Catholic said...

The hell you say!

(Good one, Jamie.)

beez said...

Apparently the road to Hell isn't always paved with good intentions.

Queen of Dysfunction said...

I knew a guy with the last name Nimrod once, but this so clearly beats that...

Ma Beck said...

"Mom, can I go see Hell?"

"Mom, can Hell come over for dinner?"

"Can I go to Hell's slumber party?

"Honey, I thought your friend was on a skiing trip."
"Yeah, he was, but they came home early, because Hell froze over."

Ba dump bump.

Allen said...

His surname conflicts with the school's teaching? So, basically, he couldn't enroll because they didn't believe in his existence?
This is the same reason little Janey Limbo couldn't get in.

Sister Mary Martha said...

hmmm..no one names their kid "Adolph" anymore.

CMinor said...

So I presume there's a Catholic Church in Hell, Mich? And perhaps one in Hell, Norway? Maybe even one in Hell's Kitchen, or gftnear Hell's Gate?

Will the K of C now be restricted to serving only dunkel (no hell, please)along with the bratwurst at the Oktoberfest picnic?

beez said...

cminor:

In fairness, as someone who lived in New York, I need to point out that "Hell's Kitchen" really has nothing to do with Hell. The name came from the fact that it was the baking center of the city and, in the days before air conditioning, it became insufferably hot in the summer. So much so that it was considered "hotter than Hell's kitchen."

Panda Rosa said...

Would he happen to have a dog named Sex?