A San Diego boy’s science project — a motion detector made out of a Gatorade bottle and electrical components — prompted a vice principal to call the bomb squad and evacuate Millennial Tech Middle School, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune.
After examination by a robot and X-rays, the device was found to be just what the 11-year-old boy said it was. Still, with the parents’ cooperation, the boy’s home and garage were inspected. Nothing dangerous was found, said Maurice Luque, a San Diego Fire Rescue spokesman.
The student will not be prosecuted, but authorities were recommending that he and his parents get counseling, the spokesman said. The student violated school policies, but there was no criminal intent, Luque said.
What school policy? Union-Tribune story doesn’t say, but I’m guessing this was something the boy did on his own and took to school to show his friends as opposed to a teacher-assigned science project. Of course, that assumes there’s a school rule against displaying an unauthorized project on campus. For what should the boy and parents be counseled? Perhaps excess interest in technology, the alleged focus of the magnet school.
My first husband designed an atomic bomb for his elementary school science fair when he was in fifth grade, but didn’t try to build it. He wasn’t arrested, though I believe he only came in second.
At Boing Boing, Cory Doctorow blames a “candy-ass vice-principal” for panicking the school.