Brickbat: The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword

The family of a 7-year-old boy, identified in court documents as G.B., has sued Pennsylvania's Derry School District for suspending him for four days for bringing a novelty ink pen to school. The pen emits a small shock when the cap is pressed, and school officials contend that made it a weapon.

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    Homeschool.

  • Snark Plissken||

    From the same paper:

    A 14-year-old boy has been charged with carrying a TEC-9 assault pistol into the same Germantown charter school where a police officer's gun discharged during a show-and-tell last month, grazing a student in the face.
  • Snark Plissken||

    This is the article on the 'accidental discharge' from 2002.

  • Cdr Lytton||

    Sounds like he had a valid reason to want self protection.

  • Live Free or Diet||

    a TEC-9 assault pistol

    As a person who has owned, carried and trained with firearms all my life, I was going to make a comment that the kid should be charged with carrying a jam-prone piece of crap. Then the coffee woke me up enough for it to occur to me:
    What the fuck is an assault pistol?

  • Snark Plissken||

    Like a normal pistol, but much more assaultier.

  • Live Free or Diet||

    Oh, I feel so much more... informed.

  • Ted S.||

    It's a gun shaped like a pistol that for whatever reason looks extra scary to a leftie.

  • Bardas Phocas||

    It's black.

  • WTF||

    But does it have "the shoulder thing that goes up"?

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    It's got an extended high capacity retractable assault magazine clip.

  • SomeGuy||

    it has a mag with more than 6 rounds?

  • Cdr Lytton||

    Thank god! It's been almost nine hours since the last HyR post and I feared it was part of the shutdown. Late night links must be non-essential.

  • Ted S.||

    Why should anybody give a shit about the commenters in the Pacific Time Zone? ;-)

    Seriously, though, I remember a couple of summers ago there was some big road work project scheduled for a weekend in LA, and one of the columnists (Welch?) did an entire series of posts on it, as though the rest of us were supposed to give a shit.

    [googles it]

    Actually, it was Mr. Cavana Ugh who wrote most of the columns. There's also a Reason TV video, and an article on Tim's appearance on local TV. I didn't check how many of those articles having Tim plug whatever his latest book at the time was, however.

  • UnCivilServant||

    Reason, esp hit and run is just a book ad feed with a news aggregator attached.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    I remember those. It was about interstate 5 if I remember correctly.

    I really liked some of Cavanaugh's late night posts, because I think he might have been as drunk as the commenters for occasionally.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Prop comedy is never funny.

  • H. ReardEn||

    We used to shock each other with cigarette lighter igniters.

  • Ted S.||

    If the pen is so mighty, why the fuck isn't it writing any alt-text?

  • UnCivilServant||

    Oh it did, it just doesn't get off the monitor and through the internet.

  • H. ReardEn||

    Using this logic, a rubber band is a weapon. And the teacher's desk is full of them!!!!!

  • H. ReardEn||

    Don't even think of bringing this to school.

  • Snark Plissken||

    A spitball gun could put an eye out.

  • Rich||

    And *paper clips* and *staples*!

    Why do we even bother with school metal detectors in the first place?

  • l0b0t||

    HA!! Wifey is a high school English teacher in Brooklyn. She has several of these novelty shocking pens, she gives them to students who ask to borrow a pen so as to remind them that they are supposed to bring their own pen to class every day. Who knew it was such a fearsome weapon. Also, assault pistol? WTF?!?

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    You realise a drone strike has probably been ordered on your terrorist spouse who endangers children

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    You know else shocked people by asking them to press their button?

  • H. ReardEn||

  • Rich||

    Miley Cyrus?

  • Rich||

    "A sharpened pencil is probably a more dangerous item than this pen was," [the boy's attorney] said.

    Why do you think schools are mandating *tablets*, DUH?

  • Auric Demonocles||

    Alt-text is mightier than either.

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