Earlier on today, I was comparing how instead of learning French or German when I was growing up, I decided to learn a web based language - PHP. Normally when I mention about PHP people usually say to me what is it?! And this always reminds me of a fake news story from many years ago of a case where someone didn't know it was a web programming language - and the story did fool a fair few people at the same time. (I own up, I believed it at first until I got near the bottom and noticed the site it was on was a satire site - but with American items, you never know if to believe them or not).
Student Suspended Over Suspected Use of PHP
Topeka, KS - High school sophomore Brett Tyson was suspended today after teachers learned he may be using PHP.
"A teacher overheard him say that he was using PHP, and as part of our Zero-Tolerance policy against drug use, he was immediately suspended. No questions asked," said Principal Clyde Thurlow. "We're not quite sure what PHP is, but we suspect it may be a derivative of PCP, or maybe a new designer drug like GHB."
Parents are frightened by the discovery of this new menace in their children's school, and are demanding the school do something. "We heard that he found out about PHP at school on the internet. There may even be a PHP web ring operating on school grounds," said irate parent Carol Blessing. "School is supposed to be teaching our kids how to read and write. Not about dangerous drugs like PHP."
In response to parental demands the school has reconfigured its internet WatchDog software to block access to all internet sites mentioning PHP. Officials say this should prevent any other students from falling prey like Brett Tyson did. They have also stepped up locker searches and brought in drug sniffing dogs.