Saturday, January 16, 2010

Too paranoid for our own good

You know there is something seriously wrong with a culture in which it seems acceptable for a school administrator to call a bomb squad over an 11-year-old's science project:
A San Diego school vice-principal saw an 11-year-old's home science project (a motion detector made out of an empty Gatorade bottle and some electronics), decided it was a bomb, wet himself, put the school on lockdown, had the bomb-squad come out to destroy X-ray the student's invention and search his parents' home, and then magnanimously decided not to discipline the kid (though he did recommend that the child and his parents get counselling to help them overcome their anti-social science behavior).
Clearly the family must be harboring some sort of mental illness for fostering an interest in science. The horror.

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