Tuesday, November 15, 2005

High School Backpacks

This from the Crime Report in the Key West Citizen today:

Pepper spray research gets a poor peer review

ISLAMORADA ? Several classrooms were evacuated Monday morning at Coral Shores High School after a student discharged a canister of pepper spray.

At 8:30 a.m., a teacher and students in classroom 4204 were "disturbed" by a strong odor, according to a report from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. The teacher and students were evacuated from the classroom, along with students in adjacent classrooms.

Students reportedly told Deputy Beverly Brazil that a 15-year-old classmate had discharged a canister of pepper spray.

When the boy was confronted, he admitted to the allegations and showed Brazil where he'd discarded the canister of spray, the report states.

The teenager reportedly told the deputy he'd sprayed chemical at the floor to "see what it would do."

A search of the boy's backpack also turned up a smoking pipe, rolling papers, cigarettes, cigars and a bottle of Bacardi rum, according to the Sheriff's Office.

He was arrested on complaints of possessing a weapon on school grounds, disruption of school functions, possession of alcohol and tobacco on school grounds by a minor, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The Sheriff's Office said more charges may be pending.

Is this what the well-equipped Keys high school student carries in his backpack these days?

The second story has some relevance to what I've been saying lately also.

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