Youth Services Law

No Scary Science, Please

Bomber Boy CartoonThe LA Times reports that school officials suspended a teacher for supervising student construction of "imitation weapons." The "imitation weapons" were science fair projects. One, an air-pressure projectile device, is similar to a project that President Obama demonstrated at a White House science fair. The other is a battery-operated coil propulsion system.

Two months later, the school reinstated the teacher, but left open the question of whether he will face disciplinary charges. In the meantime, students lost valuable time preparing for AP exams, and the school fencing team that he coaches missed an important meet.

All because school staff and administrators couldn't tell the difference between danger and "imitation" danger.

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