Skip to comments.CA: Student arrested for making wooden knife in shop class (8th grader and 2 incher)
Posted on 12/19/2007 3:02:26 PM PST by NormsRevenge
CHULA VISTA A middle school student was arrested Tuesday after a teacher saw him fashioning a small knife out of wood during a shop class.
The boy, who is in eighth grade at Castle Park Middle School, was taken into custody about 11:15 a.m. and then released to his parents, said Chula Vista police spokesman Bernard Gonzalez.
The boy has been suspended for four days, said Sweetwater Union High School District spokeswoman Lillian Leopold. When he returns to school after the holiday break he will also undergo counseling, Leopold said.
District policy says that a student will be expelled if they are found in possession of a knife with a blade 3½ inches or longer, Leopold said.
The knife the boy made was 2 inches long, she said.
90% of the tools in the shop were more dangerous weapons.
Heck, I made a cannon when I was in high-school. Forty pounds of brass after I cut all the sprues off.
Counseling for his abuse by school officials and the police?
Cops and school teachers out of their collective minds. What else is new?
Abject morons and nincompoops are in control of most schools.
The administrator morons never saw a wooden letter opener, I guess!
could be. lol. breaking out of detention.. I’d be curious what his background is. gangs in the school, was he just “goofing off”, killing time?
The kids ought to call the cops on the teachers though. I bet they all have 12 inch wood blades in their desks. They are called rulers.
We have met the enemy....and he is us!
Taken into custody?
Strip search? Mug shots? Drug test? Finger prints? DNA sample?
I think more “stars” were made in Metal Shop than any thing else.
I made a longbow in shop class, it would drive an arrow through a haybale.
This reminds me of an episode of King of the Hill when Hank volunteered to be a shop teacher.
It’s a good thing he wasn’t making a zip gun or such..
I would consult with counsel, ya never know.
It worked for Tigger socks gal.
and Remember, every day is a suing day in California.. teach ‘em young.
That’s nothing; my kid can make a glock out of a graham cracker.
Oh yeah, too funny. That was a while ago...
Thank goodness for California, making my local Florida officials idiocy for arresting the kid who brought a steak knife to school seem ALMOST sane.
You’ll poke your eye out, Kid.
Does this mean he failed in grade with his project?
Well, if nothing else he will get an A in life's learning.
I hope he goes on to to become a true conservative with a zest to fight this insane yet trivial infliction on society that the moonbat's have bestowed upon us.
For the sake of humanity, feed him saltines!!! LOL!
School 1957 vs. 2007
Scenario: Jack goes quail hunting before school, pulls into school parking lot with shotgun in gun rack.
1957 - Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack’s shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack.
2007 - School goes into lock down, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.
Scenario: Johnny and Mark get into a fistfight after school.
1957 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.
2007 - Police called, SWAT team a arrives, arrests Johnny and Mark. Charge them with assault, both expelled even though Johnny started it.
Scenario: Jeffrey won’t be still in class, disrupts other students.
1957 - Jeffrey sent to office and given a good paddling by the Principal. Returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.
2007 - Jeffrey given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. Tested for ADD. School gets extra money from state because Jeffrey has a disability.
Scenario: Billy breaks a window in his neighbor’s car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt.
1957 - Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman.
2007 - Billy’s dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy removed to foster care and joins a gang. State psychologist tells Billy’s sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison. Billy’s mom has affair with psychologist.
Scenario: Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.
1957 - Mark shares aspirin with Principal out on the smoking dock.
2007 - Police called, Mark expelled from school for drug violations. Car searched for drugs and weapons.
Scenario: Pedro fails high school English.
1957 - Pedro goes to summer school, passes English, and goes to college.
2007 - Pedro’s cause is taken up by the state. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against state school system and Pedro’s English teacher. English banned from core curriculum. Pedro given diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.
Scenario: Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from 4th of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle, and blows up a red ant bed.
1957 - Ants die.
2007 - BATF, Homeland Security and FBI called. Johnny charged with domestic terrorism, FBI investigates parents, siblings removed from home, computers confiscated. Johnny’s Dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.
Scenario: Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him.
1957 - In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.
2007 - Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in State Prison. Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy.
I built a four stacker (gasp) gun rack and got an A without being expelled, arrested, and convicted for something...anything...
He'll learn from his mistakes and use his spare eye and become a fighter pilot someday.
If you showed someone that in 1957, or even in 1965, no one would have believed it.
Of course if he bought a real one with a steel blade at a sporting goods store, no one would mind. Idiots.
First of all, it wasn’t a knife. It was wood in the shape of a knife.
Next thing is to suspend anyone who carves wood or soap in the shape of a knife and accuse them of posessing a knife.
Only completely stupid idiots can’t tell the difference between a thing and a representation of the thing.
He'd be on the honor's roll if instead he carved a wooden condom, or made anything related to globull warming.
I still have my chisel! I also made an an ashtray that was cast out of aluminum, made a wooden pattern of a hollowed out star. Today a kid may get kicked out of school for possession of an ashtray.
Can’t we pass a zero tolerance law for STUPIDITY? These teachers need to be charged.
When I was in shop class (metal shop, not wood shop), we all made letter openers. Mine had a 7” blade, a blood groove and a leather bound handle. It looked alot like a KBar. After it was tempered, it could do a job on a letter.
Would you be saying the same thing, if he had then taken the 'knife' to Art class, and crafted a wax 'representation' of his math teacher, then killed him by sticking the 'knife' into the voodoo doll of the 'teacher'?
Schools must consider all scenarios, for every one's safety. It's for the children!
Up untill the early 80’s in Wis. maybe a bit later
Bet you got an A.
I though it was a designer popsicle stick.
What did he wittle it with, A Q-tip?
Did you notice the comments at the end of the article? There are a lot of people in that area that think it’s just fine that the kid was tossed out of school! Pretty sad, I have a real fear about the direction we are heading.
I'll take your word for it -- too many newspaper and TV sites are so larded up with graphics and off-site links that they take forever to load.
But if you want to see where we're headed, just look at the UK.
The problem is.....we have been heading there too long. There is now no turning back. We have become a "Nanny Society"!
This trend began during the sixties and it will overwhelm us before long. I know people who claim to be conservatives....but they still look to the Federal Government for most answers to their problems. They have forgotten the tenth amendment and when reminded of it.....look at you like a deer in the headlights....and then still claim to be conservative!
I’m surprised CA public school system hadn’t taught him how to “Keester a shank” by the 8th grade.
Nanny society is the perfect description!We are constantly being scolded by our Nanny Governor through P.S.A.’S to “wear our seat belts”,”don’t talk on the cell phone while you drive”, Don’t smoke”, Gamble Responsibly [even though the state is the biggest proponent of gambling],”drink responsibly”,etc. etc.I already have a mother I don’t need two!
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