I normally don’t bring my camera to school, but recently I’ve been re-inspired to start documenting my experiences here, so yesterday morning I chucked it into my bag before I headed to school. By shear dumb luck, we happened to be having a demonstrasi. Wonderful, I thought, I’ve got something to snap. Then I caught wind of the purpose of the event….to boycott Valentine’s Day. Huh!? That’s right, ol’ Valentinus and his day of celebrating love are simply not welcome at my school and, along with the school’s administration, my little, uniformed, uninformed students were attempting to fire the final, proverbial arrow through Saint Valentine’s heart.
To be truthful, I’ve never been a fan of the day myself, even when I had someone to call my own. This was taking it a bit far though and after the demonstration wrapped up, I gave a few of the teachers an earful. It’s one thing to not want to celebrate the occassion, but portraying the day as a drunken orgy is altogether different. These kids are Indonesia’s future and it pains me to know they are getting this kind of misinformation shoveled down their gullets. Even sadder, I forgot the memory card for my camera at the house, but was still able to take a couple of photos and an all too short video (internet is too slow to post it right now) of the riot with my camera’s internal memory. It got much more animated (and disturbing) as it went on. Somewhere out there, Cupid is sitting in a puddle of his own tears.