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nichomachus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 10:35 AM
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Florida is officially nuts: 13-year-old arrested for farting
Student arrested for passing gas

STUART, Fla.A student at a Florida school has been arrested after authorities said he was "passing gas" and turning off his classmates' computers. According to a report released Friday by the Martin County Sheriff's Office, the 13-year-old boy "continually disrupted his classroom environment" by intentionally breaking wind. He then shut off some computers other students were using.

The Spectrum Junior-Senior High School was arrested Nov. 4.

A school resource officer placed the boy under arrest after he confessed about his behavior, according to the report. He was charged with disruption of school function and released to his mother.


What's next? Armpit noises are a Class 2 felony?
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barbtries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 10:37 AM
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1. can't argue with your headline
that is nuts. the 14-year-old son of a friend recently took her car and totaled it, and he wasn't arrested. justice, anyone?
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meegbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 10:38 AM
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2. But if this kid farts like I fart ...
he'd be charged with attempted murder.
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a la izquierda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 10:48 AM
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12. Really? You must eat what my dog does...
I know where the WMDs are, and they're in my dog's intestinal tract.

Seriously, it peels the paint. :puke:
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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 11:46 AM
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38. My dog is offended by human farts. He always gives the offender a LOOK,
then excuses himself to a distant corner of the room.

So it's a two way street!
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RedLetterRev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 10:59 AM
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28. I guess an invitation to dinner will have to be
at an outdoor picnic. Last night we had homegrown organic cowpeas from the garden for supper. We were watching TV later on the couch and the obvious effect set it. I let'r rip and the racket was sufficient that my husbear jumped up for the paper towels because he thought one of the dogs had barfed. :blush:

"Uh, no hon, just no open flames for a few minutes, k? Or we'll go sky-high." :nuke:

Bears know how to eat.

Glad I left Florida. They'd've put me in a nookyoular lockdown facility.
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KurtNYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 10:39 AM
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3. Schools don't have the means to address this issue? they have to
call in police?
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Jamastiene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 10:39 AM
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4. OMG, was it a felony?
I sure hope not. That's so fucking stupid, words fail me.
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riqster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 10:40 AM
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5. Dicking with computers should get the kid suspended, maybe
but farting? Sheesh.
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nichomachus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 10:43 AM
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8. I think you need to make a distinction between "dicking with computers"
and simply shutting them off. If he was damaging them in some way, ok, but it sounds like he was just being a typical 13-year-old jerk.

In my day, the nuns would have made us wish we had never heard of farting. But, call the police? Never. A night in jail would have been preferable to what the nuns had in store for you.

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riqster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 10:49 AM
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14. If the other students were working, it would cause problems for them
(which is what it sounds like)so an in-school punishment would fit. But being arrested? no way!
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nichomachus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 10:54 AM
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24. Like the problem I created for Frankie McGillicuddy
when I decked him in sixth grade for repeatedly hitting me in the ass with his ruler while I was at the blackboard. He and his desk fell over and so did the guy next to him. That caused some problems.

The nun took me out in the hall, took her blackboard pointer and whacked a large roll of paper about five times (for effect, I guess). She then told me, "I can't condone what you did, but I'm very glad you did it." The nuns didn't need the police to exact justice.
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riqster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 11:03 AM
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31. Similar story here.
Except, it being a public school, the vice principal (not a nun) hit his desk with the paddle (instead of hitting my ass) and told me to fake the pain. The instigator got the real deal, AND the deviated septum I had provided earlier.

The postscript? We played golf together at the last High School class reunion (30th, if you must know).

Had people involved the effing pigs back then, I doubt we would have wound up as friends.

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JBoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 10:42 AM
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6. Maybe he realized he created a methane gas explosion hazard
and shut off the computers as a safety precaution. Sounds like he saved a roomful of kids.
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greguganus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 10:43 AM
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7. Yep. Sounds like a smart kid. Give him a medal. n/t
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Jamastiene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 10:49 AM
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16. ...
:spray:
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 10:44 AM
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9. "Spectrum"? Or "Rectum"?
Either way, this belongs in GD-Pffft.

:yoiks:
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gollygee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 10:45 AM
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10. Schools can't handle farting incidents without involving the police?
Hmmm.
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 10:45 AM
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11. he wasnt arrested for farting, for being an ass and not doing what needed done in class
i would take strong action with children if they behaved even a little of what this boys was doing

the kid was wrong
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nichomachus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 10:49 AM
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15. But arrested for being a jerk? That's nuts.
If he was destructive or dangerous, OK. But 13-year-old boys have been screwing around in school since the beginning of time. Sheesh! Arrest should be the last resort.
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 11:05 AM
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32. i doubt the arrest was any big deal. handed to mom. maybe the kid will think
or maybe the parent will gain some control

it is not like the cops were out of control here

i am the first to jump on cops ass for behavior, but this one

not bothered

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Lyric Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 10:51 AM
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19. Wrong, yes. Wrong enough to be arrested? Hell no.
Call his parents, put him in detention, even a short suspension, sure. But we have GOT to stop relying on the police to intervene in situations like this. This is not a matter for law enforcement in any meaningful way; all it does is teach kids that if you step out of line even slightly, the fucking law will have your ass. It increases cop-fear, and that is the LAST thing we want to do if we wish to foster independent thinking and a willingness to commit civil disobedience in defense of what it RIGHT.

We don't need an entire generation of children who grow up terrified of, and easily intimidated-by, police officers. Americans are too easily cowed as it is.
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 11:09 AM
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35. my post was the bullshit headline kid arrested for farts. i hate misrepresentation for agenda
so much of what you say i agree with

the arrest, said in done, not a big deal for age and how they handled it. maybe the kid will be afraid and not behave like this

i am more bothered with tasering so willingly ect...

i am more bothered that parents arent parenting their kids and they behave this way. i have an 8th grade boy and could not even see him doing a little of this.

i often argue your point. not a cop thing. call parents to school and deal.

again, i was commenting on bullshit interpretation
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gollygee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 10:52 AM
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20. Yes he was wrong, but he wasn't criminal
How about detention?
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 11:03 AM
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30. i didnt say anything validating arrest. as you all notice. but to act like over a fart is bullshit
too.

the kid was bad. and needs punishment. not ok

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drm604 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 10:49 AM
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13. I suspect that he wasn't "arrested" in the normal sense.
I also think that messing with the computers was the more serious problem and the author of the article was sensationalizing it by emphasizing the farting.

The article says that he was arrested by a "school resource officer" (whatever that is) and released to his mother. This sounds more like a school disciplinary action rather than something he's going to be facing charges for. Although it seems odd that the Sheriff's office would be releasing a report on it.
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nichomachus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 10:51 AM
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17. The story said he was "charged"
That means criminal charges were filed -- that's pretty much "arrest" in the normal sense.
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drm604 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 10:57 AM
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27. I missed the word charged. You're probably correct
Edited on Tue Nov-25-08 10:58 AM by drm604
Still, it sounds like the problem was general disruption of class rather than farting specifically. Messing with the computers is probably the more serious issue.
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gollygee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 10:53 AM
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21. A school resource officer is a police liason to the schools
It's a real police officer whose beat is a school. We have them here too.
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csziggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 11:01 AM
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29. All Florida schools have School Resource Officers now
The definition of a School Resource Officer encompasses three major components of his/her job- that of law enforcement, counseling and education, which is a pro-active approach to law enforcement through positive role modeling. These three components allow the SRO to promote positive relations between youth and law enforcement which encourages school safety and deters juvenile delinquency.
http://myfloridalegal.com/pages.nsf/4492d797dc0bd92f852...


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bdamomma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 10:51 AM
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18. and while all this goes on
we have a criminal in the WH along with many other of his friends as criminals too.
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murray hill farm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 11:07 AM
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34. but........
and...we don't even know the degree of farting in the WH. Will it be fumigated before the Obama's move in?
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aikoaiko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 10:54 AM
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22. Taserable offenses is not stopped.
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Veritas_et_Aequitas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 10:54 AM
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23. Oh, Florida. Why do we tolerate your bs?
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LeftHander Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 10:55 AM
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25. *****fffrrrruuurp***** Ahhh....excuse me.
Whew....yish.
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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 10:56 AM
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26. Was he arrested for farting, or for disrupting?
Unless the disruption is dangerous, I wouldn't arrest him for it. Remove him. Suspend him. Not arrest him.

Unless, of course, the gas was actually deadly, lol.

If he was having digestive difficulties, he could have gotten a pass to the bathroom or the nurse. Unless, of course, the point of the farting WAS to disrupt.

Does excessive gas trigger turning off others' computers?

Sounds like the adult in charge should have had him out of there earlier.

Still, arresting him is ridiculous.

One of my first boyfriends, a little younger than that, was famous for belching. He'd take a long drink of water, and belch the abc's, or a top 10 song, or a whole conversation.

We were all highly entertained. Of course, his belches didn't have the same aromatherapy value as farts. He was never arrested.
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donco6 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 11:06 AM
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33. SROs are extortion.
The local police department forces schools to hire SROs, paying up to 100% of their salary to the PD from school instructional funds.

If schools refuse, the police tell the community the school is not safe, because they have no SRO.

The PD gets to pad it's own budget at the expense of the school. And the school has little control over how the SRO does his/her job.
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RaleighNCDUer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 11:26 AM
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36. It happened on Nov. 4th.
Was the class following the election? Was he disrupting because he did or did not like how things were looking?

Arrested is a bit harsh (what ever happened with being sent to the principle's office?) but was there a potentially volatile situation - more volatile than the gas he was passing?

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Gato Moteado Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 11:44 AM
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37. sounds like a future freeper to me........
.....let him spend a few nights in the can. send the little disruptor to gitmo too!
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This One Donating Member (84 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 11:48 AM
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39. I understand Bush plans to pardon the farter
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burythehatchet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 11:51 AM
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40. THIS JUST STINKS!
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Katidid Donating Member (310 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-26-08 09:28 AM
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41. This gives new to meaning alternative sources of energy
I wonder what would happen if you lighted one of these farts in class? Perhaps this kid has developed a new source of non-petroleum based energy.....but arresting him for a science project? And I thought Texas schools were bad.
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Alter Ego Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-26-08 09:38 AM
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42. If Florida hadn't gone blue this election cycle,
I'd be all in favor of pulling a Bugs Bunny and just sawing it off the United States.
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Mari333 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-26-08 09:40 AM
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44. saw florida off the united states?
it would be like a huge BRIS

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all.of.me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-26-08 09:40 AM
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43. That first sentence reads like...
...his farts were crashing the computers! :rofl: That is BAD! :rofl:
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Mari333 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-26-08 09:42 AM
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45. when my sons were little this was an art form
including the sounds they made under their armpits. it was like the call of the wild.

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