As we look back on the year, let’s remember six moments that left Marylanders bemused, outraged, or even embarrassed, depending on one’s sense of humor.
6) There was the time Maryland schools exempted an unprecedented number of students from a standardized reading test to inflate our public schools’ national ranking.
5) And who could forget the plight of the Park Elementary second-grader who was suspended for chewing his pop-tart into the shape of a gun and making “inappropriate gestures that disrupted the class.” (This shake-my-head moment even spawned a sequel when Anne Arundel Republicans presented the kid with a lifetime membership in the National Rifle Association.)
4) 2013 was also the year Maryland got its own secessionist group, which hopes to take the five westernmost counties and form a more politically conservative state.
3) Remember when a brilliant Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon compared Obamacare to slavery — slavery! — on national television?
2) Here’s another twofer. Attorney General — and gubernatorial candidate — Douglas F. Gansler not only got in trouble for telling state troopers to run red lights, but funded a weeklong teen drinking party for his high school senior son and his friends.
1) But the absolute most jaw-dropping, head-shaking, I-can’t-believe-I-live-here moment of 2013 was when it was revealed that more than a dozen corrupt corrections officers were aiding, abetting, and even procreating with incarcerated members of the Black Guerrilla Family at the Baltimore City Detention Center.
All right, people. Let’s make 2014 another year to remember!
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