• Wed, Apr 4 2012

Hunger Games Fan Gets Sent To Detention, But Not For The Reason You Think

Effie Trinket "That is mahogany!" Hunger Games fan sent to detentionThis story is partly frustrating, partly adorable. If I told you that Timothy Oldham got sent to detention for channeling a Hunger Games character, you would assume that he dropped a beehive onto another student or tried to make his dog act like a muttation and maul the other kids on the playground, right?

But no. All he did, as you’ll see in the detention slip below, was shout Effie Trinket‘s now-beloved line “That is mahogany!” What utter bullshit, right? Since when does a kid get punished for quoting a movie? It supposedly happened at lunch time, which makes it even odder: Isn’t the cafeteria where you’re allowed to shout and carouse without fear of getting scolded? Because it’s clear that the teacher who wrote out the detention slip didn’t get the reference, but I can’t imagine what defense s/he had instead.

Timothy Oldham detention "That is mahogany!" Hunger Games fan Effie Trinket

And yet, Elizabeth Banks‘ line is one of the few that wasn’t in the book that has become instantly quotable. Case in point, this video of Jennifer Lawrence imitating Effie during an unscripted interview.

Timothy’s age isn’t made clear, but I’m going to place him in middle school—mostly because a) yelling out obscure quotes from a dystopian book series/movie and b) quoting a female character is something you stop doing once you hit high school and get really self-conscious. I just hope that this misunderstanding doesn’t stop him from being an awesome fan.

[Mandy Anne Curtis on Tumblr via The Mary Sue]

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  • Lisa

    That’s a kid’s handwriting; do they have the kids write out their own detention slips at that school or is this fake?

    • Kelli

      You’re absolutely right!! Who wrote that slip? And if Tim is in highschool then I assume he didn’t write it either..that’s like 4th grader writing..

  • Thunderspirit

    Wow. First of all, it means the teacher is a betch. Second, it shows they have ABSOULOUTLEY(spelt rong on puros ;D) no life at all. I mean, Who punishes a kid because they said a quote the teacher didn’t bother to learn. May the odds be ever in your favour timmy.

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  • Marleigh

    Tim’s not in middle school. He’s a senior in a Texas high school.

  • Isabella

    Wow..that teach has got a severe bad hand…Long Live Timmy, dude you are so cool

  • Anonymous

    Have you seen how it is written? It’s a student who stole a detention slip and wrote that!