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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Put Down That T-Shirt

In proof that admission to M.I.T. doesn't keep someone from being stupid, an undergraduate nearly got herself shot for looking like a walking bomb:
Star Simpson, 19, was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and approached an airport employee in Terminal C at 8 a.m. to inquire about an incoming flight from Oakland, according to Major Scott Pare of the State Police. She was holding a lump of what looked like putty in her hands. The employee asked about the plastic circuit board on her chest, and Simpson walked away without responding, Pare said.
It was Playdough in her hand and "art" on her sweatshirt. Maybe being surrounded by machine gun-toting police had a beneficial effect on her education.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Student Tasered for Asking a Question

ABC News has a disturbing story about a student who was tasered and then arrested "after loudly and repeatedly trying to ask U.S. Sen. John Kerry questions during a campus forum." Videos, available on YouTube, show police pulling the student away from the microphone and then tasering him:
University spokesman Steve Orlando said Meyer was asked to leave the microphone after his allotted time was up. Meyer can be seen refusing to walk away and getting upset that the microphone was cut off.
However, Kerry apparently was saying during all this that he considered the question important and that he would answer the student. And, according to another ABC report, Kerry condemned the arrest. Has the taser now become a form of political speech at universities?

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