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Sunday, August 29, 1999 Published at 17:46 GMT 18:46 UK


South Park too foul for school

South Park's Cartman fails to impress school governors

An infant school in England is being renamed in a bid to shed the unwanted image of foul-mouthed cartoon show South Park.

South Park Infants in Reigate, Surrey, is to be rechristened The Orchards, as a feature-length movie of the outrageous Channel 4 TV series opens across Britain.

[ image: Stan is not the man in Reigate]
Stan is not the man in Reigate
The adult cartoon show about a small town in Colorado landed in Britain in July last year and has become cult viewing for grown-ups and children alike.

A warning is screened before every episode which reads: "The following programme contains coarse language and, due to its content, it should not be viewed by anyone."

Obscenity and violence

As the film version, which contains 399 swear words, 128 crude gestures and 221 violent scenes, packs audiences in, education chiefs have decided enough is enough.

School governor, the Rev Alan Mayer, said: "The new Education Act gave all schools an opportunity to consider what they should be called.

[ image: South Park
South Park "not a particularly nice cartoon"
"South Park is a recent name for the area, which was originally called Light Hill. We were aware there was a cartoon called South Park and that it was not a particularly nice cartoon.

"It was in the back of our minds, but it was not the major consideration in the decision to change the name of the school."

Mr Mayer said fields and orchards had originally been on the site of the school building and that The Orchards was chosen as the new name by the majority of parents.

"We chose the name because we want to encourage the children in their love of the area and the environment."

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