More stupidity ...  

nightstogether 56M
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6/11/2005 11:08 pm

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More stupidity ...

Two eighth-graders who spent months working on a science project to prove how dangerous BB guns can be were disqualified from the state middle school science fair. The reason for the dismissal: BB guns are too dangerous.

Nathan C. Woodard and Nathaniel A. Gorlin-Crenshaw spent seven months researching and testing their hypothesis that BB guns can be deadly and should not be used by children.

The students spent about $200 on ballistics gelatin, which has the same density and consistency as human flesh, to use during their tests.

Nancy G. Degon, vice president of Massachusetts State Science Fair Inc. and co-chair of the middle-school fair, said fair rules prohibit hazardous substances and devices.

"The scientific review committee does not consider science projects involving firearms to be safe for middle school students," Degon said.

The boys were invited to present their findings to some judges and receive a certificate of accomplishment, but they rejected the offer because they were not allowed to compete.

"I was really disappointed," Woodard said. "We had a good point to prove."

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AltumHunksUnite 53M

6/12/2005 3:06 am

Only in the broadest definition of the word is a BB gun a firearm. Heck, there's not even any "fire" involved with propelling the BB. They're still dangerous ("you'll put yer eye out, kid"), but to totally disqualify someone's hard work on a wim doesn't seem fair.

When these kids get to high school, if they take chemistry they'll be subjected to materials which are far more dangerous than a BB gun.

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rm_eberly930 49M/51F

6/12/2005 7:17 am

I am not surprised, given all of the zero tolerance policies these days. I do recall an Ohio kid being killed by a bb gun a few years ago. I think the kids had a good idea and some kind of consideration should have been made. I bet the kids smoking pot behind the gym aren't getting hassled as much as these two kids.....


mi_mwpm 51M

6/12/2005 8:48 am

LOL... these kids set out prove exactly what the judges banned them for... makes you shake your head in disbelief.

Zero tolerance rules really should be called zero thinking rules since they preclude the "authorities" from actually having to consider the circumstances of the situation and can be blindly applied. Feh!

zenyen 66M

6/13/2005 6:51 am

If they institute a policy of zero tolerance, maybe we should pay them for zero judgement. Zero tolerance + zero judgement = zero $.

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