[hackerspaces] Irving Texas student suspended for bringing a circuitry-control clock project to school

Pete Prodoehl raster at gmail.com
Wed Sep 16 18:10:51 CEST 2015

Who in their right mind would make a clock!?


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On 9/16/15 10:03 AM, Joshua Pritt wrote:
> That's right!  It would have been VERY EASY for the engineering 
> teacher or other person familiar with electronics to verify what it 
> is.  That quote from the cops that said something like "it *looks* 
> just like those bombs you see on TV" should tell you right there what 
> went wrong.  All of this would have been avoided by a simple check and 
> verify.
> On Wed, Sep 16, 2015 at 10:57 AM, Chris Weiss <cweiss at gmail.com 
> <mailto:cweiss at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     On Tue, Sep 15, 2015 at 11:38 PM Shirley Hicks
>     <shirley at velochicdesign.com <mailto:shirley at velochicdesign.com>>
>     wrote:
>         On Sep 15, 2015, at 11:37 PM, Shirley Hicks
>         <redmtnadmin at redmountainmakers.org
>         <mailto:redmtnadmin at redmountainmakers.org>> wrote:
>         Hey everyone,
>         Are there any hackers on the list who are also US teachers who
>         would care to comment on how to best word an email lending
>         support to a high school student who has been suspended for
>         three days for bringing a circuit board clock project to
>         school? I think that this is an overreaction by the school
>         leadership and the local police due to their not understanding
>         electronic engineering and general hacking. I don’t want to do
>         a social media pile on; I would rather helpful and educational
>         while pointing out how they’ve got this very, very, wrong.
>         FWIW - I checked a map - Irving is a Dallas suburb.
>         http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/northwest-dallas-county/headlines/20150915-irving-9th-grader-arrested-after-taking-homemade-clock-to-school.ece
>         https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irving_Independent_School_District
>         Thanks!
>         Shirley Hicks
>         Secretary/Business Admin/Programmer/Maker
>         Red Mountain Makers
>     it's very telling that the engineering teacher immediately said
>     "don't show it to anyone" recognizing that the school has a
>     problem, and also that there's no mention of that teacher stepping
>     in to speak for Ahmed, as would be the right thing for a mentor to
>     do, even if after the fact.  Schools should not be a place of
>     fear, for students or teachers, and this school just announced to
>     the world that it runs on fear.  The English teacher may have been
>     diligent, but the principal was flat wrong, step one should have
>     been to call in an engineering or electronics teacher and have
>     them verify.  I'm not even sure how to comment about the cops, it
>     smells of civil right violations and harassment, but IANAL and I
>     don't play one on TV.
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