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2010-01-16 09:32:37 AM
Students and employees were cleared out of their classrooms and offices while a bomb squad was dispatched to inspect the device, which consisted of a bottle with wires attached to it, said Maurice Luque, a spokesman for the city Fire-Rescue Department.


This article needs a picture.
Seriously, a kid shows some talent and people assume he is a terrorist. No wonder we are falling behind.
 
2010-01-16 09:47:54 AM
what a bunch of morans...
 
2010-01-16 09:51:51 AM
So what is the lesson from the "magnet school" to this kid? That those in "authority" are often idiots and self important to boot? Better the kid should learn that early. Good job, "administrators".
 
2010-01-16 09:54:21 AM
The kid has learned three lessons that are very important here.

1. The nail that stands tallest gets hammered down first.
2. No matter how much you explain something to an administrator they'll never get it.
3. Being intelligent is a punishment.

If the kid had made a crappy diorama none of this would have happened.
 
2010-01-16 09:58:31 AM
eddyatwork: The kid has learned three lessons that are very important here.

1. The nail that stands tallest gets hammered down first.
2. No matter how much you explain something to an administrator they'll never get it.
3. Being intelligent is a punishment.

If the kid had made a crappy diorama none of this would have happened.


Or a Vinegar-Baking Soda Volcano.
 
2010-01-16 09:58:44 AM
Technology! BURN IT!
 
2010-01-16 09:59:14 AM
Vampire_Blues: Students and employees were cleared out of their classrooms and offices while a bomb squad was dispatched to inspect the device, which consisted of a bottle with wires attached to it, said Maurice Luque, a spokesman for the city Fire-Rescue Department.


This article needs a picture.
Seriously, a kid shows some talent and people assume he is a terrorist. No wonder we are falling behind.


Done in one.
 
2010-01-16 09:59:34 AM
11 year old trifecta in play.
 
2010-01-16 10:00:17 AM
"It had a very sinister appearance, it had a battery behind it, and wires."

img693.imageshack.us
 
2010-01-16 10:00:27 AM
Pics or it didn't happen.

Really want to see what he made.

\Teh administrators are 700 Club faithful.
 
2010-01-16 10:01:15 AM
I love how they determined it was a harmless science project and then confiscated it.
 
2010-01-16 10:01:16 AM
Hey, Millennial Tech Middle School administrators? I hope you can see this, because I'm doing it as hard as I can.
 
2010-01-16 10:01:19 AM

"Officials decided to call in the explosives team to look over the object - which an administrator had confiscated and taken into a principal's office - as a precaution."


Well thank heaven there was a person stupid enough brave enough to move a suspicious device.

 
2010-01-16 10:01:24 AM
They shut down everything, didn't they?

/DNRTFA
 
2010-01-16 10:01:38 AM
A guy from CMU was detained and questioned at CVS because his home-made GPS unit had a battery pack.

That's right: in a neighborhood filled with high-tech students this white guy who was openly carrying a device had what was considered a suspicious object because it required portable electrical energy.

And the reason he was let go without further investigation? The object had a Windows CE logo on it.

You are safe, citizen. The government is watching.
 
2010-01-16 10:04:34 AM
thelordofcheese: A guy from CMU was detained and questioned at CVS because his home-made GPS unit had a battery pack.

That's right: in a neighborhood filled with high-tech students this white guy who was openly carrying a device had what was considered a suspicious object because it required portable electrical energy.

And the reason he was let go without further investigation? The object had a Windows CE logo on it.

You are safe, citizen. The government is watching.


That's why I have no cell phone nor portable GPS. There are too many ignorants out around lacking basic science and technology awareness.

\Off the grid sort-a
 
2010-01-16 10:06:58 AM
eddyatwork: The kid has learned three lessons that are very important here.

1. The nail that stands tallest gets hammered down first.
2. No matter how much you explain something to an administrator they'll never get it.
3. Being intelligent is a punishment.

If the kid had made a crappy diorama none of this would have happened.


Jesus H. Christ, ain't THAT the truth.
 
2010-01-16 10:07:06 AM
Think we might have lost some freedom... way to go...
 
2010-01-16 10:07:12 AM
www.cultofmac.com
 
2010-01-16 10:07:36 AM
The 11-year-old who had brought the device to the technology-oriented magnet school told authorities it was a home-made electronic motion detector that he wanted to show to his classmates, Luque said.


http://www.snpp.com/guides/seymour.html (pops)
# [8F17] imagines a state of the art detention hall where children are held in place by magnets

http://www.snpp.com/episodes/8F17.html (pops)
A news report on the lottery comes on the TV. (``Down in front!'' yells
Homer at SLH. SLH collapses.) Kent Brockman reports that every copy
of Shirley Jackson's ``The Lottery'' has been checked out of the library.
Nevermind that it has absolutely nothing to do with winning the lottery.
Homer angrily tosses his copy into the fireplace.

Kent: But there's already one big winner: Our state school system,
which gets fully half the profits from the library.
Skinner: [talking with his teachers]
Just think what we can buy with that money...
History books that know how the Korean War came out.
Math books that don't have that base six crap in them!
And a state-of-the-art detention hall [holds up a scale model]
where children are held in place with magnets.
Teacher:
[to no one in particular] Magnets. Always with the magnets...

Simpsons Episode -- ``Dog of Death'' (Season 3 - Episode 19)
 
2010-01-16 10:07:37 AM
Home of the brave, indeed.

You yanks weren't always such pussies. What happened, man? You used to be cool.
 
2010-01-16 10:08:30 AM
I wish i had done stuff like this when I was in school
 
2010-01-16 10:09:05 AM
The Pentagon recently released a report stating that the small number of students going into science and engineering fields constitues a grave security threat to the country. So... can we have the vice-principal who overreacted sent to Gitmo for endangering the future of the United States of America?
 
2010-01-16 10:09:14 AM
"It had wires and a battery, and that's how all the bombs look in the movies we rent, so it must have been a bomb, derp derp"

What kind of qualifications does it take to be an administrator of a magnet school, anyway? Can they even explain what a magnet is?
 
2010-01-16 10:09:22 AM
Sounds like the folks at Millennial Tech are still stuck back in 2001.

/or is it 2000?
 
2010-01-16 10:09:50 AM
Here's the real FAIL:

FTFA: The 11-year-old who had brought the device to the technology-oriented magnet school told authorities it was a home-made electronic motion detector that he wanted to show to his classmates

This school was presumably geared toward encouraging students to do shiat like this.

Also:

clint.sheer.us
 
2010-01-16 10:10:00 AM
I just hope he doesn't go rougue because of this.
 
2010-01-16 10:10:11 AM
skinink: "Officials decided to call in the explosives team to look over the object - which an administrator had confiscated and taken into a principal's office - as a precaution."

Well thank heaven there was a person stupid enough brave enough to move a suspicious device.


To the principal's office. Seriously, if you're brave enough to move something that you really and truly believe is a hazard to the kids in your care, why put it in the principal's office as opposed to, I dunno, the parking lot?
 
2010-01-16 10:10:53 AM
aagrajag: Home of the brave, indeed.

You yanks weren't always such pussies. What happened, man? You used to be cool.


Somebody let women vote....and drive.
 
2010-01-16 10:11:50 AM
This is horrible. The parents should show up en masse to egg the administration. They can't arrest you all!!

/maybe they can
//they probably will
 
2010-01-16 10:12:24 AM
i629.photobucket.com

Leaving now, nothing left to say...
 
2010-01-16 10:13:47 AM
Fire that teacher/idiot.

Give the kid back his doohicky.

At least school was canceled for the day.
 
2010-01-16 10:15:35 AM
Clearly the only way to protect ourselves from 'home-grown' terrorism scares is to disband the whole education system. Remember kids, uneducated people can't make bombs.

/ schools are just socialism.
 
2010-01-16 10:16:42 AM
 
2010-01-16 10:18:29 AM
eddyatwork: The kid has learned three lessons that are very important here.

1. The nail that stands tallest gets hammered down first.
2. No matter how much you explain something to an administrator they'll never get it.
3. Being intelligent is a punishment.

If the kid had made a crappy diorama none of this would have happened.


Yeah. A big THIS. At least, that has been my experience.

That's why I became an entropy-worshiping nihilist. I figured that the only way I could get along in this world without being accosted or reviled would be to out-doomsay the doomsayers.

So far it has worked. `Perhaps too well.

I tried the whole "Show off how smart I am" thing in middle school, and I was completely cured of it by high school, thanks to teachers and administrators who were threatened by my existence. Even in the adult world, I've learned that most people don't like someone who is noticeably intelligent; They prefer their peers, superiors, and/or underlings to be as dim as they are, and suffer the delusion that they themselves are the smartest monkey in their office, because they picked more fleas this week than anyone else.

/Resents stupid people.
//And I'm positive they resent me, too.
 
2010-01-16 10:18:33 AM
Wonder if the kid will be able to do 5 megawatt by mid May.

/he also needs to get even with the principal
//it's a moral imperative
///popcorn
 
2010-01-16 10:18:45 AM
Do american schools allow pencils and pens, or do they just use crayon?

Are the canteens using plastic cutlery? Think of the children, America.
 
2010-01-16 10:18:54 AM
It was really an idiot detector cleverly disguised as bomb disguised as a motion detector. It performed flawlessly.
 
2010-01-16 10:19:29 AM
Yeah...the news story left a lot out. The truth is, the child ain't right.
 
2010-01-16 10:20:56 AM
Great. These so-called academic leaders have put that damn Lee Greenwood song in my head, only he's singing it very sarcastically.

I really hate what's happened to my country.
 
2010-01-16 10:20:57 AM
Shouldn't be too much longer before school personnel stand around pointing at certain, singled out students yelling "Witch, Witch".

/The terrorists HAVE won.
 
2010-01-16 10:20:59 AM
I'd be much more worried about the pulse rifle.
 
2010-01-16 10:21:42 AM
Vampire_Blues:
Seriously, a kid shows some talent and people assume he is a terrorist. No wonder we are falling behind.


America, land of the free and home of the brave...
 
2010-01-16 10:22:26 AM
Wow, so much fail there. It is a TECHNICAL school. Isn't he "doing it right"?
 
2010-01-16 10:23:04 AM
IQ7ZuuIU: Shouldn't be too much longer before school personnel stand around pointing at certain, singled out students yelling "Witch, Witch".

/The terrorists HAVE won.


surrender doroty
 
2010-01-16 10:24:02 AM
It just gets more stupid everyday. Thank you NEA.
 
2010-01-16 10:24:48 AM
maceinator: Darpa: U.S. Geek Shortage Is National Security Risk

From the referenced article: According to the Computer Research Association, computer science enrollment dropped 43 percent between 2003 and 2006.

How much of this is due to the dot-com bust?

What worries me more is the lack of engineering students. I saw on History Channel when they still had history a statement about how over half of the engineers in the US are over the age of 50. That means in less than 20 years we are going to have a major shortage.

Somehow, the kid in the article probably won't go into it if this crap keeps going on in schools.
 
2010-01-16 10:25:18 AM
real shaman: It just gets more stupid everyday. Thank you NEA.

All I know is that if I tried even half the stuff I did when I was a kid in this environment of fear and paranoia, i'd be in a jail cell until I was 24.
 
2010-01-16 10:29:10 AM
Fear the Clam: To the principal's office. Seriously, if you're brave enough to move something that you really and truly believe is a hazard to the kids in your care, why put it in the principal's office as opposed to, I dunno, the parking lot?

Only one reason. Assassination attempt on the principal.
 
2010-01-16 10:30:18 AM
Weaver95: All I know is that if I tried even half the stuff I did when I was a kid in this environment of fear and paranoia, i'd be in a jail cell until I was 24.

Hell, my diary would have landed me multiple felony terrorist charges because as a release and escape from the hell that was school I'd write creative entries about how I'd kill them all. It was fantasy.

The thing that is chilling to me today about schools is how they are training people to live in a prison mentality where all independent thought must be crushed instantly in the guise of safety and all spirit must be destroyed by meaningless rules that accomplish nothing.
 
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