Skip to comments.Boy who found lighter suspended from NJ school
Posted on 09/23/2010 9:24:53 AM PDT by JoeProBono
JAMESBURG, N.J. (AP) -- Officials suspended a fifth-grader in New Jersey who found a lighter on his way to school.
Jamesburg school superintendent Gail Verona told The Home News Tribune of East Brunswick the lighter had the potential to compromise student safety.
But the 11-year-old boy's father questioned why school officials consider the lighter a weapon.
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More educational idiocy on parade.
Patrick Halpin called police Wednesday to say there were weapons on school property because teachers at the Grace Breckwedel Middle School had lighters in the building.
Really? I wouldn’t be too sure about that. If school policy prohibits lighters for EVERYONE (kids and teachers) then this is a weak claim.
In any event. The child and his father need further indoctrination into the wonderfulness of a zero tolerance school policy.
This story neglects to mention the more serious and widespread threat to our schools. Sticks! On nearly every schoolyard in America, one can find these tools of Satan lurking, which can be rubbed together by children to spark violent conflagrations!
What’s even more devious, is that sticks can be easily sharpened on the asphalt of the outdoor basketball courts to fashion deadly weapons. Even without sharpening, a heavy, blunt stick, can easily crush the delicate skulls of our innocents. Clearly sticks are a most heinous violation of our precious zero-tolerance policies and must be expunged from our schools forthwith!
Guess what, TSA doesn’t consider lighters as weapons now. Why would NJ schools? Oh yeah, whatever happened to common sense? Have we arrived at zero tolerance for common sense now?
"...Jamesburg Police Chief Martin Horvath says he believes the school took appropriate action..."
That part from the article is especially unfortunate.
Police Chief Horvath is yet another statist automaton.
These idiots would have gone bonkers over my old high school chemistry lab!!
Why we even had concentrated Nitric and Sulpheric Acids as well as metallic Soduim and Lithium. Come th think of it, we even had Glycerine!
Oh...Forgot to mention that we had a rifle range in the basement as well!
Not to mention playing mumbly peg at recess.
As a little boy in elementary school I carried a Boy Scout (Cub Scout?) knife and a Zippo lighter as part of my EDC.
I see you’ve found one of the terrorist training manuals that are being used to corrupt our youth! How did we ever let this happen in America?
I’m actually an alumnae of said institution! It was at that time a junior high.
“The superintendent says a weapon is anything that “has the potential to cause harm.”
So what can we do? Amputate the hands and feet of all schoolkids? They could still headbutt each other, guess we better lop those off too.
Last week my 11th grade son in government school asked to borrow my grill lighter. His Chemistry teacher asked the students in the AP class to each bring in a lighter for a lab because the school could not afford it due to budget cuts. I asked him if he will get in trouble for bringing a banned item to school; his response was the teacher told them to be sure to hide it so they don’t get into trouble...
Well, if you flick a lighter, and you happen to have one of those old time bombs, the black ones with the fuse, you could light the bomb with the lighter.
Steam Powered Potato Pistol
“These idiots would have gone bonkers over my old high school chemistry lab!!”
Ah the old science labs were rife with dangerous stuff, weren’t they? I remember in elementary school, our teacher taught us how to distill alcohol, and me and a friend promptly went home, set up the old home chemistry set, and tried to distill some brandy to make it stronger. Needless to say, heating brandy in a test tube over the stovetop did not result in the effect we hoped for :)
“Steam Powered Potato Pistol”
Very cool, but I suspect someone has too much free time on their hands!
Have you ever been hit with a book? OUCH!
A weapon? Obviously the left has lost its collective mind.
I remember formulating nitrogen tri-iodide crystals in Jr. High School and scattering them in the hallway before class change. Good times! Countless hours were also wasted collecting dead batteries and salvaging them for the zinc. We would dissolve the zinc in Muriatic acid to produce hydrogen gas which we would capture in balloons. We would tie off the balloon with a string which we would then set on fire and release. The resulting fireballs were glorious. To this day, I don’t know why we hated the planet so much. If people get their panties in a twist over a lighter, I’m sure if a kid did anything that was remotely scientific, they would live out their days in a Homeland Security compound. Remember Kids! Science is Magic Made Dangerous!
Our rifle range at high school was under the visitor’s bleachers, had an eight thick concrete roof over head.
And the arms room had about 40 .22 rifles and 50 or so demilled 1903 Springfields not to mention various and sundry arms that were in transit.
Ah the good ol days ;-)
Another reason why "Cops Cause Crime": Blind and deaf bureaucratic, institutional loyalty replaces common sense.
LMAO! Great costume for Halloween: jihad or treat!
99.9% of cops give the other.01 a bad name.
I laugh hysterically at the fools on this site getting behind “law enforcement” as if they are behind you, the taxpayer.
Wonder how soon expelling gas will be considered a weapon?
“Sulpheric” = Sulfuric
We played with pocket knives and the target was between the other kids feet as the game went on the kid moved his feet closer and closer making a smaller target. If he quit he lost unless the thrower missed and kit his foot first. Luckly we wore good shoes! THe board game is a bit before my time.
Uh, you can hold that one.
The time has come to stop tolerating incompetent school administrators and teachers.
We must take back the school boards, and kick-out unions, and NEA.
Reminds me of what an old Ph.D said once to some technicians, when one of his experiments exploded in the lab: “Well, that’s R&D. Clean it up.”
The flash was seen in all eight or ten classrooms and the offices,and there was a satisfying "pow".No glass breakage,no injuries,..but it did surprise EVERYONE involved.Oh, and no undue concern or stupid punishments,either.
The libs would pee their pants!
Maybe they were afraid he was going to burn a Koran.
Really Then when I fly in two weeks I can actually leave my lighters in my purse and not have to hide them in my suitcase? Awesome!
the next kid that picks a booger and shows it to a friend will be suspended
I never did that.
Milk Bottle tops and Caustic Soda.
The were right to suspend the boy: he was obviously planning to burn the school down, or even worse, light up a smoke! /s
Nanny state PING!
So do lots of other things, oh genius administrator.
Basing judgment on the potential for something to go wrong is lazy and pedantic.
Is it a job requirement for education administrators to lack basic judgment?
Every person who drives a vehicle has the potential to kill people. Shall we lock them all up?
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