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Horse riding teen suspended from school
MyFoxBoston.com ^ | 10-31-10

Posted on 11/01/2010 10:22:01 AM PDT by rawhide

HAMILTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) - A teen's spirit week stunt has landed him in hot water.

Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School Senior Dan Depaolis, dressed in medieval garb, rode a horse into the school's parking lot as part of spirit week.

What he, and his parents, thought was a good-natured stunt, the school deemed dangerous. Depaolis was suspended from school for two days.

The vice principal allegedly suspended the 17-year-old even after the boy’s father explained that the horse was brought in on a trailer and that no one was in danger.

The father tells FOX25 the school compared the stunt to bringing a “loaded firearm” to school and that he and his wife were shocked to hear about the suspension, saying that the 1100-pound horse, named Pierre, would never hurt a fly.

The school would not comment, saying that they do not talk about any aspect of a student discipline.

The family says they plan to contest the suspension.


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: arth; horse; napl; school; teen
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1 posted on 11/01/2010 10:22:06 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: Slings and Arrows
The father tells FOX25 the school compared the stunt to bringing a “loaded firearm” to school and that he and his wife were shocked to hear about the suspension, saying that the 1100-pound horse, named Pierre, would never hurt a fly.
 
 
Loaded Horse Ping


2 posted on 11/01/2010 10:24:14 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (Yes, as a matter of fact, what you do in your bedroom IS my business.)
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To: rawhide

Yes, safety is the first concern of a school system that teaches that things like sodomy, “fisting”, “gerbilling”, cacophagy, and “golden showers”, are perfectly safe as long as there’s a condom involved somewhere, perhaps on yonder banana.


3 posted on 11/01/2010 10:26:14 AM PDT by Westbrook (Having children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I pity the fools at this school! Sue their asses!


4 posted on 11/01/2010 10:26:26 AM PDT by pingman (Price is what you pay, value is what you get.)
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To: rawhide

Just to give a flavor of the town, the Myopia Hunt Club is located in Hamilton and is the only place I know of in MA where one can see polo matches.


5 posted on 11/01/2010 10:26:42 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Responsibility2nd

I’m surprised the article didn’t call it an assault horse.


6 posted on 11/01/2010 10:26:47 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Palin/Christie 2012)
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To: rawhide

Idiots in Massachusetts. There was a guy there once named Paul Revere.


7 posted on 11/01/2010 10:26:57 AM PDT by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: rawhide

I think the school nazis really stepped in it this time.


8 posted on 11/01/2010 10:27:16 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast ( A window seat, a jug of elderberry wine, and thou.)
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To: rawhide
What he, and his parents, thought was a good-natured stunt, the school deemed dangerous. Depaolis was suspended from school for two days.
 
 
Yeah right. What he REALLY was going to do was bring the horse up to Dean Wormer's office and....
 
Well, you know.
 



9 posted on 11/01/2010 10:28:24 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (Yes, as a matter of fact, what you do in your bedroom IS my business.)
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To: Westbrook

Based on your list of school concerns it seems that if the horse had been wearing a condom there wouldn’t have been any issues.


10 posted on 11/01/2010 10:28:32 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Palin/Christie 2012)
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To: Rebelbase

Semi automatic assault ak47 shotgun rifle handgun horse?


11 posted on 11/01/2010 10:29:06 AM PDT by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: rawhide

I tend to disagree with schools most of the time. However, I wonder if they have a clear rule against bringing live animals to school. If so, he should have gotten permission.

Of course, he should have gotten permission anyway. And I’m surprised the parents didn’t think to ask the school before allowing him to take the horse there. The only reason not to ask is if you think there is something wrong with it.

But I still don’t think a 2-day suspension makes sense. Ask the kid what he was thinking, and when you find out he THOUGHT it was a good idea, give him a warning and some detention, let him clean up the parking lot or something, and be done with it.

My daughter got suspended a few weeks ago for giving the wrong answer on a hypothetical psych question about “what would you do if you could get away with it and there would be no consequences?”. Apparently the “right” answer was things like “Rob a Bank” or “hijack a snack truck” or “have sex in school”.

The “wrong” answer was “Mass Murder”. Even if you are in teh biotech specialty program and the school sent you to the FBI to learn about serial killers and you are studying to be a forensic scientist and solve mass murders.


12 posted on 11/01/2010 10:29:28 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: rawhide

When horses are made illegal only illegals will have horses!

What a load of uber-Liberal crap. It is good in a way. The more the Libs expose themselves like this, the more they are HATED.


13 posted on 11/01/2010 10:30:14 AM PDT by 240B (he is doing everything he said he wouldn't and not doing what he said he would)
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To: rawhide

More “Zero Intelligence” policies from a school. This is no longer a surprise.


14 posted on 11/01/2010 10:30:18 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (III, Alarm and Muster)
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To: Rebelbase
I’m surprised the article didn’t call it an assault horse.

It's a Sport Utility Horse.

-PJ

15 posted on 11/01/2010 10:30:18 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too ("Comprehensive" reform bills only end up as incomprehensible messes.)
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To: pingman
I pity the fools at this school! Sue their asses!

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Look. If you can't bring a horse to school, what makes you think you can bring an ass.

See full size image

16 posted on 11/01/2010 10:30:37 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (Yes, as a matter of fact, what you do in your bedroom IS my business.)
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To: Rebelbase

Condom on a horse? Whoa!!!!! Now you are really asking for it!


17 posted on 11/01/2010 10:30:42 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide

I think Tea Partiers need to expand their scope from office-holding politicians to the politically correct institutions that are destroying what little is left of our culture.


18 posted on 11/01/2010 10:31:17 AM PDT by madprof98 ("moritur et ridet" - salvianus)
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To: rawhide
HOMESCHOOL!!!!

Stop the madness. Save your children.

19 posted on 11/01/2010 10:32:34 AM PDT by chuckles
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To: Responsibility2nd

Isn’t an ass a horse designed by a school committee?


20 posted on 11/01/2010 10:32:53 AM PDT by pingman (Price is what you pay, value is what you get.)
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To: rawhide

Idiots.


21 posted on 11/01/2010 10:33:06 AM PDT by Leg Olam (A pipe gives a wise man time to think and a fool something to stick in his mouth.)
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To: Frantzie

If Paul Revere were to do that today, the police would arreste him, claiming he was creating a public disturbance!


22 posted on 11/01/2010 10:33:20 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide

Dang teenagers, always horsen around....


23 posted on 11/01/2010 10:33:35 AM PDT by clyde260 (Public Enemy #1: Network News!)
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To: pingman

Must be. There seems to be a great many asses on them.


24 posted on 11/01/2010 10:34:04 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (Yes, as a matter of fact, what you do in your bedroom IS my business.)
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To: Rebelbase
Based on your list of school concerns it seems that if the horse had been wearing a condom there wouldn’t have been any issues.

If the horse had just been GAY....

25 posted on 11/01/2010 10:34:06 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: rawhide

You are all missing the point. It isn’t a live animal or deadly weapon. It is the fact that he dressed in medieval garb, like a CRUSADER. He might have offended some Moslems.


26 posted on 11/01/2010 10:36:05 AM PDT by webheart (I am a Sarah fan.)
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To: rawhide
What's wrong with a little fun?


27 posted on 11/01/2010 10:37:39 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: CharlesWayneCT

You would die if you lived down south. Senior week down here is nuts.....riding a horse to school would be considered tame.


28 posted on 11/01/2010 10:38:17 AM PDT by panthermom
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To: CharlesWayneCT
The only reason not to ask is if you think there is something wrong with it.

I can't believe you (you!) typed that.

29 posted on 11/01/2010 10:39:03 AM PDT by Tax-chick (I love the smell of napalm in November. Go Sharron! Go Christine!)
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To: rawhide

Most likely, this was all about the liability.

So, on one hand, the student can have a little fun. On the other hand, some other student starts having a sneezing attack, decides they are allergic to horses, and sues the school. Terrified of lawsuits, the school district agrees to settle for $75,000, instead of going to trial, and fires the principal.

Some lawyer gets $70,000 of the settlement, and every student has to take a mandatory class in “why horses are bad.”

The words “fun” and “school” are no longer found in the same sentence, unless a lawsuit is involved. And you know who to blame.


30 posted on 11/01/2010 10:39:43 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: pingman

If a school committee were asked why deer, cows and horses all eat the same thing yet produce different droppings. I bet you would find out that they don’t know sh#t.


31 posted on 11/01/2010 10:40:56 AM PDT by Leg Olam (A pipe gives a wise man time to think and a fool something to stick in his mouth.)
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To: rawhide

Golly, look at the picture.

Loopy leftwing posters at the fox site are attempting to insist that it wasn’t really about the horse as the school told the young man, but about the sword - only, as we see - there was no sword.

Maybe they meant the spoon?

no, wait, there is no spoon.


32 posted on 11/01/2010 10:41:12 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.8)
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To: rawhide
Maybe if the horse had been wearing a disguise, the school would have thought he was just another student?


33 posted on 11/01/2010 10:41:47 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: CharlesWayneCT
The only reason not to ask is if you think there is something wrong with it.

No, I don't agree. The only reason to ~ask~ is if you think there might be something wrong with it. I'm pretty sure it never would have occurred to me to ask permission for something so completely harmless.

34 posted on 11/01/2010 10:42:01 AM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: rawhide

You’re supposed to ping people when you mention them...


35 posted on 11/01/2010 10:44:00 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.8)
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To: MrEdd

How’s Wilbur these days? I had a boyhood crush on his wife back then!


36 posted on 11/01/2010 10:44:41 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide
Note: "Horse riding teen" <> "Horse-riding teen".

I opened thread expecting a Tiajauna Donkey Show story. Fail.

37 posted on 11/01/2010 10:44:54 AM PDT by Rodamala
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To: rawhide

The kid was just trying to bring the horse’s head count and the horse’s ass count a bit closer to parity, percentage wise.


38 posted on 11/01/2010 10:45:33 AM PDT by Erasmus (Personal goal: Have a bigger carbon footprint than Tony Robbins.)
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To: Ramius

He should tell them he is a recent convert to the Amish lifestyle, They would have to acquit him on the religious freedom grounds.


39 posted on 11/01/2010 10:46:36 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: rawhide

He still can’t beat me at chess...


40 posted on 11/01/2010 10:47:09 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.8)
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To: rawhide

I cannot resist. If they outlaw horses,

only outlaws will have horses.


41 posted on 11/01/2010 10:47:13 AM PDT by justsaynomore (We've got some altering and abolishing to do! - Herman Cain)
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3

You forgot ‘high-capacity’ and ‘sawed-off’.


42 posted on 11/01/2010 10:47:29 AM PDT by TalonDJ
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To: CharlesWayneCT
Apparently the “right” answer was things like “Rob a Bank” or “hijack a snack truck” or “have sex in school”.

It is high time to abolish government schools

43 posted on 11/01/2010 10:47:47 AM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Thought crime. Amazing.


44 posted on 11/01/2010 10:47:47 AM PDT by Rodamala
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To: UCANSEE2
If the horse had just been GAY....

I dunno, he looks like a fairly happy horse in the picture.

Or is that not what you meant. :-)

45 posted on 11/01/2010 10:48:12 AM PDT by wbill
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To: rawhide
...the 1100-pound horse, named Pierre, would never hurt a fly.

The horse in this story is obviously a gelding and therefor the school is discriminating against differently sexed equines. In addition, the fact that this young lad by using alternative transportation was lowering his carbon footprint.

46 posted on 11/01/2010 10:48:35 AM PDT by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Time to Clean House.)
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To: rawhide

My dad rode a horse to school every day after he milked the cows and delivered the milk. But that was west Texas in the 40’s.


47 posted on 11/01/2010 10:48:48 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Responsibility2nd; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; ...
Loaded Horse Ping

No such thing as an unloaded horse.


48 posted on 11/01/2010 10:51:28 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: MrEdd

49 posted on 11/01/2010 10:51:41 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: Westbrook; All

Government schools are a fascist gulag. The real question is why so-called conservatives incarcerate their children so that they can be indoctrinated by the lunatic left and rendered the academic equivalent of hewers of wood and drawers of water (yes, even in those really speciaql suburban dists. Actually, those district probably do the most harm)


50 posted on 11/01/2010 10:54:56 AM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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