Post by andrew8798 on Dec 29, 2012 19:34:52 GMT -5
When a 16-year-old New Jersey boy doodled in his notebook on Tuesday, December 18, he probably didn’t expect to be arrested by the end of the day. However, when school officials saw the sketches, which they state appeared to be of weapons, and the boy “demonstrated behavior that caused them to be concerned,” the police were called.
A subsequent search of the boy’s home led to his arrest because they found several electronic parts and chemicals. He was charged with the possession of an explosive device and put in juvenile detention.
The details on what was precisely in the drawings are sketchy, as are the details on the behavior that caused concern. The school claims the drawings were of weapons, but the boy’s mother told various press outlets that, “He drew a glove with flames coming out of it.” If true, then the drawing wouldn’t be out of place in the notebook of any teenager who loves comic books.
At no point in time did the boy threaten the school, school officials, or his classmates. He cooperated fully with authorities, and a search of the school itself found nothing dangerous. The boy’s mother describes him as a good boy and frequent volunteer with a passion for disassembling old things and reassembling them. School district superintendent Steve Ciccariello stated that he would not expect violent behavior from the student. Further, Galloway Township Police Chief Pat Moran recognized that “There was no indication he was making a bomb, or using a bomb or detonating a bomb.” Despite all this, the boy was arrested — all because he doodled in his notebook.
I've seen things similar to that. I drew a guy standing on a roof back in high school in my planner, they searched my locker and found it, they then called my mom telling her they had reason to believe I was suicidal. I had to meet with a psychologist a couple of times before she figured I was fine and let me stop visiting her.
Last Edit: Dec 29, 2012 21:06:42 GMT -5 by Captain2
Post by Crusty Ruffles on Dec 29, 2012 21:17:01 GMT -5
I have electronic parts in my apartment. I also have a whole load of household cleaners, bleach, and lighters. And I'm in college! Uh oh...
I had a friend in middle school that ended up getting in trouble because he told someone that the steeple in the church he was in looked like a scene in a Bond movie where someone hid a sniper. That's it. Boom. Expelled.
Post by Father Dougal McGuire on Dec 30, 2012 5:12:35 GMT -5
And I thought it was bad for me in high school in '98 when I got accused of being on heroin for taking a nap during lunch in my car. If they saw my doodles, they would've shipped me to Cali and send me to Acasadero with Herb Sewell. It wouldn't help that my doodles were inspired by R Crumb and Sergio Aragonés (I think is was Serg who did the margin doodles in the old Cracked magazines).
Hmmm....attention and further investigation needed, yes. Apprehension on the spot? No. A discussion with the young man could have satisfied and answered a lot of questions and saved a lot of police man hours/$. Further the embarrassment the kid and parents faced will have long-term psychological effects. Kids at school will nail him with labels the second he shows back up and harassment will ensue. What happens if that harassment coupled with his reaction to this incident, slowly eats him up, he then can't cope and on the worse end, actually ends up doing harm to himself or classmates. All because a knee jerk reaction by a teacher or administration who were too afraid to do the easiest thing and just ask him and continue talking to him.
Treat stressful situations like a puupy would. If you can't hump it or chew on it, than lift your leg to it and walk away