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(Gawker)   A 16-year-old High School student from Florida was mixing some ordinary chemicals at school to see what would happen, and made some smoke. So, of course, the school gave her extra credit. Just kidding...They expelled her and charged her with a felony   (gawker.com) divider line 242
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2013-05-01 01:52:17 PM
Obviously she must have done something wrong...she's blahhhh
 
2013-05-01 01:53:43 PM
That'll learn her about being curious and wanting to know stuff.
 
2013-05-01 02:03:12 PM
www.funnyvideogame.com
 
2013-05-01 02:08:25 PM
There's a Simpsons quote about independent learning and I just can't find it.
 
2013-05-01 02:10:55 PM

FirstNationalBastard: That'll learn her about being curious and wanting to know stuff.


And she should be a star athlete too.

/Expelled is harsh, charging is ridiculous. A day's suspension and the realization of "fark I could've died" is enough.
 
2013-05-01 02:13:02 PM
This school is going to get faaaaaarrrrrkkkkkeeedddddd

/

Diogenes: There's a Simpsons quote about independent learning and I just can't find it.


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2013-05-01 02:13:36 PM

whither_apophis: FirstNationalBastard: That'll learn her about being curious and wanting to know stuff.

And she should be a star athlete too.

/Expelled is harsh, charging is ridiculous. A day's suspension and the realization of "fark I could've died" is enough.


THIS.  A teachable moment becomes a terrible lesson.  What a waste.
 
2013-05-01 02:14:42 PM

SnakeLee: This school is going to get faaaaaarrrrrkkkkkeeedddddd

/Diogenes: There's a Simpsons quote about independent learning and I just can't find it.

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LOL.  Forgot about that.  But I seem to recall Jimbo exclaiming something like, "Hey, someone's learning on their own.  Let's get 'em!"
 
2013-05-01 02:22:20 PM

Diogenes: SnakeLee: This school is going to get faaaaaarrrrrkkkkkeeedddddd

/Diogenes: There's a Simpsons quote about independent learning and I just can't find it.

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LOL.  Forgot about that.  But I seem to recall Jimbo exclaiming something like, "Hey, someone's learning on their own.  Let's get 'em!"


from The Last Temptation of Homer

["Advanced Calculus" book falls out of Bart's locker]
Jimbo: Hey, he's learning on his own!
Kearney: Get him!
 
2013-05-01 02:25:13 PM
We can't be too careful in the War On Terror.

ZERO. TOLERANCE. ETERNAL VIGILANCE. YOU ARE NOW SAFE.
 
2013-05-01 02:32:56 PM
She's charged with possession and discharge of a weapon and discharging a "destructive device" whatever the f*ck that might mean. Good grief, what dumbass came up with that? And WTF is a "resources officer"? Is it possible that dumbass on school boards and in school administration might be a bigger threat to the nation that "thuh terrorists"? I'd put money on it.
 
2013-05-01 02:34:22 PM

SurfaceTension: Obviously she must have done something wrong...she's blahhhh


The racist comments sure started early in this one.
 
2013-05-01 02:34:33 PM
And all those people with YouTubes showing how to assemble Mentos and Coke bombs continue to elude the authorities.
 
2013-05-01 02:36:40 PM
So now she has a rap sheet, she'll almost certainly never get into college, she'll probably never get a job that doesn't involve the prefix Mc, and her future is basically forfeit.

Hmm, I wonder what she's going to be tempted to do now.
 
2013-05-01 02:41:04 PM
What chemicals was she mixing? Is this something that could have been learned from google? I can't imagine that there's a combination of "ordinary household chemicals" that nobody has ever put together.

/don't mix bleach and ammonia
 
2013-05-01 03:00:18 PM

Twitch Boy: So now she has a rap sheet, she'll almost certainly never get into college, she'll probably never get a job that doesn't involve the prefix Mc, and her future is basically forfeit.

Hmm, I wonder what she's going to be tempted to do now.


Most importantly, if she's convicted she has lost her right to vote.
 
2013-05-01 03:00:44 PM
Oh please tell us she just made fake smoke you see from smoke machines, if so, that school is so sued.
 
2013-05-01 03:00:59 PM
It's the best way to prepare her for the police/nanny state that we are quickly becoming.
 
2013-05-01 03:01:03 PM
Pool Chlorine  with certain dot 3 brake fluids and some other Cadillac-ist are OOOOH pretty colors and *cough* nasty smelly smoke.
 
2013-05-01 03:02:45 PM
The DA should be strung up by their toenails.
 
2013-05-01 03:02:47 PM
Yo do know what happens when you mix acids and bases?

static.tvfanatic.com

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2013-05-01 03:03:03 PM
Who cares if she could have learned it on google. You do nothing in high school you couldn't have learned from a good book or the internet. You might do something novel in University labs (undergrad), but I doubt it.

This doesn't make the experiments pointless, it makes them engaging.
 
2013-05-01 03:03:21 PM
I shudder to think where we would be as a society of our ancestors had adopted the
same knee jerk zero tolerance approach to everything that we do today.
 
2013-05-01 03:03:28 PM

This About That: She's charged with possession and discharge of a weapon and discharging a "destructive device" whatever the f*ck that might mean. Good grief, what dumbass came up with that? And WTF is a "resources officer"? Is it possible that dumbass on school boards and in school administration might be a bigger threat to the nation that "thuh terrorists"? I'd put money on it.


A resources officer is a rentacop installed in a teaching institution in order to criminalize behavior as part of an effective school-to-jail program.
 
2013-05-01 03:03:42 PM

FirstNationalBastard: That'll learn her about being curious and wanting to know stuff.


So I mean, I'll agree the charges here are really farking stupid.  But you can't be suggesting it's okay and perhaps even good for students to wander into the High School Chemistry Labs and start randomly doing shiat unsupervised, right?

Also, mixing household chemicals puts my mind straight to:

GWSuperfan: /don't mix bleach and ammonia


I don't see felony "discharge of a weapon" here but I also don't see "science project gone wrong."  She did fark up here.  I think she deserved a suspension.
 
2013-05-01 03:03:45 PM
TFA:

"We urge our parents to join us in conveying the message that there are consequences to actions. We will not compromise the safety and security of our students and staff."

Pressure from higher up the schoolboard chain should be enough consequences.
 
2013-05-01 03:04:48 PM
Since cops love to claim seized pot plants are worth thousands of dollars each, anyone want to bet the "household chemicals" were baking soda and vinegar?
 
2013-05-01 03:04:50 PM

Because People in power are Stupid: Pool Chlorine  with certain dot 3 brake fluids and some other Cadillac-ist are OOOOH pretty colors and *cough* nasty smelly smoke.


As a teenager, I heard that a pool chlorine tablet and brake fluid would burn  through an engine block.

Not true?

/ i was never brave enough to try it and we never had any spare engine blocks lying around.
 
2013-05-01 03:05:25 PM
Wouldn't detention and a verbal ass-whooping be enough here?

/yeah, I know, logic has no place here
 
2013-05-01 03:05:27 PM
The school district has since released a statement saying it had no choice but to "uphold our code of conduct rules" in order "to maintain a safe and orderly learning environment "

Bullsh*t. They took the cowardly 'zero-tolerance' stance, instead of saying this girl made a dumb mistake.
 
2013-05-01 03:05:44 PM
OK first off I think this was over reacting BUT it's stupid to think mixing random chemical in a lab is a good idea.
 
2013-05-01 03:05:55 PM

Diogenes: whither_apophis: FirstNationalBastard: That'll learn her about being curious and wanting to know stuff.

And she should be a star athlete too.

/Expelled is harsh, charging is ridiculous. A day's suspension and the realization of "fark I could've died" is enough.

THIS.  A teachable moment becomes a terrible lesson.  What a waste.


Oh, I'm sure she was taught something: never think or explore on your own.
 
2013-05-01 03:06:00 PM
No harm no foul your life is over.
 
2013-05-01 03:06:26 PM
Well she's brown thus obviously can't be trusted.
 
2013-05-01 03:07:03 PM

lennavan: So I mean, I'll agree the charges here are really farking stupid. But you can't be suggesting it's okay and perhaps even good for students to wander into the High School Chemistry Labs and start randomly doing shiat unsupervised, right?


yeah i agree with you on this. i wouldn't say charging her with a crime is the most appropriate thing, but if you're making your own homemade chemical cocktails in the highschool lab when nobody else is around i think the school is fully justified in telling you to GTFO and not come back.
 
2013-05-01 03:07:40 PM

digitalrain: I shudder to think where we would be as a society of our ancestors had adopted the
same knee jerk zero tolerance approach to everything that we do today.


Yes, they were so much sane and rational in the past.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-05-01 03:07:53 PM
Other parents will not get involved.
 
2013-05-01 03:07:53 PM
Maybe her parents will teach her that being a lawyer is much more profitable than being a STEM student.
 
2013-05-01 03:08:22 PM

Corvus: OK first off I think this was over reacting BUT it's stupid to think mixing random chemical in a lab is a good idea.


NSCSB time:

I drank a chem experiment once. i forget the exact nature of the experiment, but if we
measured everything out right, the result was plain old salt water. if we didn't, it was
something a mite more caustic.

Lab partner dared me to drink it so I did. The public dressing down by the chem teacher,
automatic F on the lab and the sore throat i had afterward taught me a valuable lesson.
 
2013-05-01 03:09:16 PM
The teen is accused of mixing household chemicals in a tiny 8-ounce water bottle, causing the top to pop off, followed by billowing smoke in an small explosion.

Wilmot's friends and classmates said it was "a science project gone bad, that she never meant to hurt anyone."

Even the teen's principal said, "She made a bad choice. Honestly, I don't think she meant to ever hurt anyone. She wanted to see what would happen [when the chemicals mixed] and was shocked by what it did.  Her mother is shocked too."

The explosion happened around 7 a.m. Monday morning on school property, and no one was hurt. Staff, along with the school resource officer, acted quickly.


www.agileproductdesign.com
 
2013-05-01 03:09:28 PM
Meh.. being expelled may be a tad harsh, but honestly, what WAS she planning on doing? In a plastic bottle, on school grounds, with household items, no "assignment" that has anything to do with that...

I also conducted science experiments..but not on the friggen school grounds..
 
2013-05-01 03:09:51 PM

Corvus: digitalrain: I shudder to think where we would be as a society of our ancestors had adopted the
same knee jerk zero tolerance approach to everything that we do today.

Yes, they were so much sane and rational in the past.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 800x556]


yes, history had its moments. But if EVERYTHING had been handled the same way,
we'd still be reading by tallow candles and hitching up the horse and buggy to go
to market.
 
2013-05-01 03:10:15 PM

rufus-t-firefly: The teen is accused of mixing household chemicals in a tiny 8-ounce water bottle, causing the top to pop off, followed by billowing smoke in an small explosion.

Wilmot's friends and classmates said it was "a science project gone bad, that she never meant to hurt anyone."

Even the teen's principal said, "She made a bad choice. Honestly, I don't think she meant to ever hurt anyone. She wanted to see what would happen [when the chemicals mixed] and was shocked by what it did.  Her mother is shocked too."

The explosion happened around 7 a.m. Monday morning on school property, and no one was hurt. Staff, along with the school resource officer, acted quickly.

[www.agileproductdesign.com image 330x282]


You don't think explosions can be small?
 
2013-05-01 03:10:33 PM
Thank God they never caught me bringing my .22 and M-80s to school...
Let alone, lighting up in the parking lot...
but that was the old days of the 70s , man...
 
2013-05-01 03:10:46 PM
Do hope she sports an MS or MA, Harvard in a few short years.
 
2013-05-01 03:10:56 PM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: The school district has since released a statement saying it had no choice but to "uphold our code of conduct rules" in order "to maintain a safe and orderly learning environment "

Bullsh*t. They took the cowardly 'zero-tolerance' stance, instead of saying this girl made a dumb mistake.


Even worse than that is the farking felony charge. If I was on that jury I wouldn't find her guilty unless they can prove to me that she knew those certain chemicals would react that way and mixed them anyway. Convicted or not that shiat is going to follow her around for the rest of her life.
 
2013-05-01 03:11:21 PM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: The school district has since released a statement saying it had no choice but to "uphold our code of conduct rules" in order "to maintain a safe and orderly learning environment "

Bullsh*t. They took the cowardly 'zero-tolerance' stance, instead of saying this girl made a dumb mistake.


Exactly.

Lawyers have forced this, though, with lawsuits if there is even the hint of a non-uniform policy.
 
2013-05-01 03:12:04 PM
"The school district has since released a statement saying it had no choice but to "uphold our code of conduct rules" in order "to maintain a safe and orderly learning environment'"

More like an environment where learning is discouraged.
 
2013-05-01 03:12:26 PM

digitalrain: Corvus: digitalrain: I shudder to think where we would be as a society of our ancestors had adopted the
same knee jerk zero tolerance approach to everything that we do today.

Yes, they were so much sane and rational in the past.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 800x556]

yes, history had its moments. But if EVERYTHING had been handled the same way,
we'd still be reading by tallow candles and hitching up the horse and buggy to go
to market.


There is a bit of a difference then some kid in a school lab mixing random shiat together and people who actually have a clue working on things. Don't give me that BS dichotomy.
 
2013-05-01 03:12:26 PM
Fe2O3 + 2Al -> Al2O3 +2Fe
 
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