High School Hijinx

A high school student causes a local stir after ripping pages from a bible during a classroom presentation.

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Student Rips Pages From Bible During Presentation

Ah, the halcyon days of our youth.

Scenario: A high school student is given an assignment to prepare a presentation and classroom speech. As part of a larger presentation, the allegedly ‘œbrilliant‘ student starts tearing pages out of a copy of the Bible, and (according to one apparently bible-thumping student) tells his classmates:

‘œI’™m going to do this because I can. I’™m going to do something that your stupid, little minds aren’™t going to be able to comprehend’, and he took the Bible and started ripping out pages.’

The student received a ‘œB’ on the presentation – I suppose his style and lack of good, common sense in this post-9/11 world were a bit over the top – but the classmate quoted above won’™t be returning to the classroom anytime soon. In fact, Elle Jacobson (who apparently initiated the local media response to this story) said:

‘œI have never felt threatened like that in a classroom before.’

It occurs to me (and probably many of those reading this post) that it’™s more often than not the quiet students from ‘œgood, Christian homes’ who seem to have an axe to grind in a public setting. Usually, they’™re not just armed with a bible, but with something of a bit higher caliber. And, perhaps if the ill-adivsed stunt didn’™t involve ripping pages out of a bible, but rather a Q’™uran, Ms. Jacobson might have been cheering rather than jeering.

The student in question was apparently not suspended, but referred for evaluation, and cleared to return to class when it was determined that neither his slightly mangled bible or his flair for the dramatic were a particular threat to anyone.

Some local color and comments from Janesville High School students can be read here.

Saturday, December 29th, 2007 by Richard Blair |

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