Students’ Shouts of ‘Hump Day’ Disrupt Connecticut Middle School

Ah, middle school, we don't miss you at all

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How much do 11-year-olds love Wednesdays? Arguably more than a camel on “Hump Day.”

Vernon Center Middle School in Vernon, Conn., has reportedly attempted to squash the use of the catchphrase “Hump Day,” which was popularized by a talking camel in a Geico commercial, and has now become the anthem that gets cubicle jockeys everywhere through mid-week slumps.

“Some sixth grade boys have been using the phrase so much it’s becoming disruptive, and the kids say they aren’t just yelling it in the hallways on Wednesdays, it’s everyday,” WFSB reports, after interviewing the school’s superintendent.

“I don’t really think that it’s that big a disruption if people are just doing it in the hallways,” one student told the WFSB reporter outside his house.

You can always count on middle schoolers to have a highbrow taste in humor.

Correction: A former version of this article stated that the phrase was banned, but Vernon’s Superintendent clarified that it is not an official policy, and instead teachers and administrators are actively discouraging students from saying it.

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69 comments
DaveMacaroni
DaveMacaroni

freedom of speech bitch HUMPDAY is not often screamed only once i n a while but humpday revolution

virgomoon9675
virgomoon9675

It's a funny commercial and it's catchy.  I get why the kids love it.  I don't think it is necessary for everyone to get their panties in a twist over a commercial.  The kids will eventually get bored with it and move on to the next thing.

MarshallMassengale
MarshallMassengale

Wednesdays will NEVER be the same again.  But for some perhaps, like Vernon Center Middle School, it's Hrumpf Day.  Okay.  The notion of school children all over the country driving teachers and administrators batty with shouts of Hump Day in a funny voice and whooping it up might not sit well with some, but I'd be willing to bet the record-setting GEICO commercial is getting a fair amount of play in offices across the nation as well.  Personally, I can't help but wonder how many of these humorless fuddy-duddies remember the sixth and seventh grade buzz all over Beatlemania back in the day.

JessicaLeffelman
JessicaLeffelman

Only here in CT would they do this lol. They're sixth graders. It's dirty to them so of course they're going to repeat it. Do the administrators forget what they were like at that age?

DoreenSteinhauser
DoreenSteinhauser

this is a bunch(hump) of nonsense. this country has had trouble focusing on what is really important. these are some kids having fun...

TeresaBarb
TeresaBarb

That's because the adults have a dirty mind. These children are only reciting a TV commercial , and it's what's on the camel's back isn't it. Oh yeah, I thought so. They should look more into other more dangerous disruptions than this. The school system in any country need help to teach the kids the right things not this, it's makes the administration look ridiculous.

shadyrill1
shadyrill1

The teachers need to get a grib on reality. They are kids and this is a funny commercial to them. Complain about things that matter--(bullies, school skippers, theifs--school shooter) anything that makes sense to fuss about--

VicBlack
VicBlack

Holy Dromedary, Bat Man! Can they not be thankful the disruption isn't caused by a school shooter?

jonathanthomas2014
jonathanthomas2014

Someone asked me this on a wednesday last month that also turned out to be 9/11.   Imagine their shock at my answer....

JohnnySteiner95
JohnnySteiner95

And... the kids are listening? If I went to that school I wouldn't give a crap what the teachers say. The Constitution says you have freedom of speech, and there is nothing about being underage.

GunnerShots
GunnerShots

If Wednesday is hump day then:

Sunday is jump day, the day to get a jump start for the week; Monday is grump day, the day you're grumpy all day long; Tuesday is bump day, the day you bounce back and really get going; Thursday is lump day, the day you lump everything together that needs to get done; Friday is pump day, the day you get pumped for the weekend; and Saturday is rump day, the day that's the "end" of the week.

jimmythebaker
jimmythebaker

No, I am afraid there will never be world peace. Kids imitating a camel have brought out religion haters, first amendment police, and I am sure sooner or later there will be those who will blame the whole things on Bush, or Obama, or Obamacare or even the liberal media or Fox News. What I am not getting is why this is newsworthy. I mean is this really the Time I grew up with? The one that I used as a periodical reference to write term papers? I would think there are far more important things to cover like what stupide name Kim will come up with for her next child with her next . . er, uhm, what would call him?

dfry611
dfry611

another story of Skygod beleivers that cant handle the fact that a 12 year old knows what hump means than censer them for sayin it. If there is a god i pray you kill yourself and make sure every1 who beleives in you knows it. Religion = worst creation man has ever made.

CarlArasi
CarlArasi

I love this Commercial,The best Commercial in 2013!!

SeraNon
SeraNon

In other news, sometimes middle schoolers are just annoying and should be ignored.

pfgindy
pfgindy

Remember Time magazine?

matrix639
matrix639

Instead of attempting to squash First Amendment rights, realize that this, like all fads will be over fairly soon.  Just look at how fast twerking died after Miley Cirus did it.

CA2010
CA2010

Uh oh...sounds like there are a group of middle-school KIDS that have slipped through the indoctrination process. Quick!  Round 'em all up and send them back for re-education so that this type of silliness does not negatively impact their comrades.

booboo
booboo

i go to vcms and the teachers are totally fine about it.

BonnieLou-TitusGreen
BonnieLou-TitusGreen

Uh, I remember "hump day" when I was in elementary school back in the 90's and I'm pretty sure it was around well before then.

Rhetor
Rhetor

Middle school boys can (and will) make anything sound sleazy. If it's not this, it will be something else, count on it.

Making a big deal out of something you don't like amounts to begging this age group to do it as often as they can--something middle school teachers and administrators SHOULD already know. Best way to kill the behavior is to completely ignore it: if it's disruptive, deal with it like any other disruptive behavior.

dieter.manero
dieter.manero

News flash, people have been using the saying "hump day" way before the commercial came out.

variablemonkey
variablemonkey

Duh.....the more you tell them NOT to do it, the more they will do it.

JamesSavik
JamesSavik

Goodness knows that middle school boys have never been known to be silly and disruptive before... unless you live in the real world.

Unfortunately, I'm not sure what planet we're getting our complete IDIOT school administrators from.


PennyFawver
PennyFawver

It is a problem here too. I have 3 middle schoolers they say that kids will yell it in class, that they have taking it to the  point of do the Mike, Mike, Mike what day is line because one of teachers first names is Mike. I think this is very disrespectful. While I get that it isn't "hurting anyone."  What happened to having respect for your teachers and calling them by their last names.  I really don't get  what is so hard about teaching your child to be respectful. My kids know how to behave. They know there is a time and place for everything, and school is not a place for play around. You are there to learn unless it is recess time.  Is it really that hard to teach your kid how to behave?

GailKole
GailKole

I pin a copy of that silly came up by the copy machine every Wednesday - people smile, giggle.   I call my daughter on wednesdays and say, Guess what day it is ?  Guess what DAY IT IS ????

jaderiver
jaderiver

Uhm the expression Hump Day has been around a heck of a lot longer than that Gieco commercial.  Just because you may have not been born yet does not mean that history does not exist. Geesh ... Americans have become to selfied..

mtalesnik
mtalesnik

Maybe these teachers should TEACH studnets what "hump day" means.

MikeScott
MikeScott

What do they mean popularized by Geico?  That has been around forever!

EricReady
EricReady

Can we please actively discourage Vernon’s Superintendent from being so stupid.

cvanoff
cvanoff

It's not only middle schoolers. Two of my 50-something co-workers can be counted on to celebrate every Wednesday am with a "WOO-HOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!"

mnbska
mnbska

"All students please proceed immediately to an assembly in the Butthead MemorialAuditorium" - Principal Skinner

VicBlack
VicBlack

@dfry611 I'm tempted to jump on the "Ban Freedom of Speech" Bandwagon if YOU are what's around the corner for America.

BonnieLou-TitusGreen
BonnieLou-TitusGreen

@PennyFawver But it's not the phrase that causes this. It could be any annoying phrase. I remember when "D'OH" would get cracked out pretty commonly. Or shouting "FAAAARTS!" Middle school kids are annoying. Disrespect is another issue. This is just a nuisance.

dhartm2
dhartm2

@MikeScott They mean it was POPULARIZED by Geico.  Like, it was a thing before the Geico commercial, but afterwards middle schoolers were screaming it in the hallways.

TonyBaloney1
TonyBaloney1

@DoreenSteinhauser @shadyrill1 - Doreen, is there a particular reason you feel its necessary to make spell check corrections ?  I believe there isn't a soul out here that didn't  know what the commenter meant.  Are you this annoying in public too ?

And by the way, GROW UP TEACHERS, They're Kids !  Nobody got stabbed or shot, they didn't damage anything, no one has been personally disrespected nor has there been any racial discrimination.  Chill  !

neoritter
neoritter

The commercial is working off the fact that the phrase "hump day" is already popular. It's been used everywhere by a lot of people to refer to Wednesday. A good example is the popular Hump Day challenge by Bungie for the Halo games.

The commercial DID NOT popularlize the word. It used the word because it was popular to begin with.

neoritter
neoritter

I should explain, that what was popularlized by the Geico commercial was the reaction of the Camel. It has little to do with the phrase and more to do with how much the camel is happy about hump day (as teh Geico commercial explains, "Happier than a camel on Wednesday")