No matter where it is that you go to school, it is likely that the road outside it looks something like the photo above. The word "SCHOOL" painted on the pavement in tall block letters. This serves as a warning to motorists to slow down and be aware of the hundreds of kids in the area. Safety first!
However, recently in the city of Doral, Florida, near Miami, these markings served as a warning of something else.
A serious lack of concentration.
#UPDATE- This SCHOOL zone striping was handled by the developer's contractor. They have been notified and are working expeditiously to correct. Thank you to all who brought this very important matter to our attention. https://t.co/4YVR82gsrB
— City of Doral (@Cityofdoral) April 18, 2019
Oh no! "SCOHOL"? How did that happen? Fortunately, it didn't take long for the problem to be corrected. For a before and after, see below.
All's whell, that ands wall?
So at least that episode is over, right? What are the chances of that ever happening again?
Interesting, fairly high...
We took a look around the internet and discovered to our dismay that the mishap in Doral was far from a one-off.
For example, in 2017, this happened outside a school in Revelstoke, B.C.
And here it is happening twice side-by-side in Deltona, Florida.
Make SCOHOL SCHOOL Again
Is there a larger conspiracy here that we're unaware of? Some kind of anti-education group aiming to mock our schools from just outside their very doorstep?
Actually, the CBC story about the Revelstoke incident gave us some insight. In this case, the stencils that are used to paint the letters come in pairs. One has "SC", the next "HO", the last "OL". At the Revelstoke, the contractor accidentally flopped the middle stencil, producing "OH" instead. And "SCOHOL" was born!
In the end, given that these signs are there to get people's attention, you could say that it all worked out.