The cushy guidance counselor positions, in the Amherst, Massachusetts school system, always draw a ton of applicants whenever there's a job opening. So, what does it take to get noticed by the muckety-mucks? The right degrees? Yup. The right recommendations? Sure. Experience? Not really. But if you've also got street cred and a liberal-approved nouveau identity - come on down!
From the Amherst Bulletin: "The new guidance counselor at Amherst Regional Middle School, Talib Sadiq, is a 1988 graduate of Amherst Regional High School. He's also been a soldier, fighting in Desert Storm, the first Iraq war. And once, he was also a bank robber. In December, 1993, Sadiq, who was known then by his birth name, Vincent E. Bias, was arrested after robbing a BayBank branch in Springfield with a loaded 9mm handgun. He was sentenced to five to seven years for armed robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery on a police officer.
Over the course of the next 14 years, Sadiq converted to Islam, changed his name, earned college degrees and turned his life around, he and his employers at the regional school say. Sadiq says he has left Vincent Bias and his crime far behind, and he is ready to make a full-time contribution to the school and the town where he lives."
Mr. Sadiq, btw, hopes to be a principal someday.
Meanwhile, a fella in Amherst has started a "church" dedicated to the writings of Kurt Vonnegut.
The flakes in this town are more entertaining than HDTV.
Photo: Amherst Regional Middle School student artwork.