The vice principal of Millennial Tech Magnet Middle School in San Diego took one look at an 11-year-old boy’s science fair project and promptly evacuated the school. His reason? He thought the project looked like a bomb.
It wasn’t a bomb, however. The boy, said to be a “genius-type kid,” built a motion detector from plastic soda bottles — by himself — using directions he found on the Internet. According to Yahoo News, his only intention was to do well in the science fair, not hurt anyone or disrupt the school day.
Authorities took x-rays of the project — am I the only one relieved that they didn’t blow up this poor kid’s project? — and deemed it harmless. Students were safely returned to their studies, one 11-year-old boy with a little more street cred. Middle schoolers do love a diversion.
School administrators walk a fine line these days between safety and keeping the learning process quiet and uninterrupted. Do you think that this vice principal was being a little too jumpy? Or was he just doing what he was hired to do: providing a safe learning environment for his students?
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