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 Post subject: Red Alert: Pencils banned in elementary school
PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 1:50 pm 
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In a North Brookfield, Massachusetts, elementary school, sixth-graders were (temporarily) prohibited from carrying pancils on their person, unless they had been issued by the teacher.

Why? They might fashion weapons from them.

Oh, world.

http://www.telegram.com/article/20101116/NEWS/101119746

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 Post subject: Re: Red Alert: Pencils banned in elementary school
PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 2:00 pm 
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Someone is taking the whole the pen is mightier than the sword thing a little too literally.


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 Post subject: Re: Red Alert: Pencils banned in elementary school
PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 2:12 pm 
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You can't be too literal when the safety of our children is at stake!

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 Post subject: Re: Red Alert: Pencils banned in elementary school
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Actually, that isn't so bad. It was a teacher sending home a memo and the administration quickly ended the ban.

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 Post subject: Re: Red Alert: Pencils banned in elementary school
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Did anyone else witness a pencil stabbing as a kid? Or were my classmates particularly vicious?


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 Post subject: Re: Red Alert: Pencils banned in elementary school
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My BFF was stabbed by her sister at home with a pencil. I've never seen it at school. Kids were suspended for talking about that.

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 Post subject: Re: Red Alert: Pencils banned in elementary school
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I accidentally stabbed myself with a pencil. I think there's still a piece of graphite somewhere in my thigh. This sort of incident just shows you why there should be no sharp objects anywhere, ever.

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 Post subject: Re: Red Alert: Pencils banned in elementary school
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Pfft. You don't need to use a pencil to build a weapon. A pencil is already a suitable enough weapon - you can kill a person with it easily.


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 Post subject: Re: Red Alert: Pencils banned in elementary school
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 Post subject: Re: Red Alert: Pencils banned in elementary school
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Argh! I could almost throw a rock and hit North Brookfield from where I live. Its such a teeny town! I didnt think it was as bad as that around here. Our high schools are getting bad with drugs, police, and metal detectors now. Most kids cant use a backpack anymore because they think the kids will hide drugs and weapons in it. Its sad. Im thankful my beans are home with me and we even *throw* pencils at each other :D


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 Post subject: Re: Red Alert: Pencils banned in elementary school
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Pencil shrapnel still in my right pinkie 35 (?) years later:
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My Maa has pencil shrapnel right next to one of her eyes which was the work of her brother. It happened at home though not at school.

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 Post subject: Re: Red Alert: Pencils banned in elementary school
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i remember reading a story a long time ago about a six-year-old who got suspended for giving his friend a lemon drop. i think they charged him with violating the school's antidrug policy. where were these people when kids were holding me by the ponytail and making me eat birdberry mudpies in the middle of the school playground?

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 Post subject: Re: Red Alert: Pencils banned in elementary school
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In fourth grade, I stabbed the boy I liked with a pencil.

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 Post subject: Re: Red Alert: Pencils banned in elementary school
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I have pencil shrapnel in my right palm! But it was self-inflicted.


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 Post subject: Re: Red Alert: Pencils banned in elementary school
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Definitely saw one of my one friends get stabbed with a pencil in the forehead at school. And I still have lead color in my ankle from when I got into bed and there was a pencil in it waiting to attack me.

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 Post subject: Re: Red Alert: Pencils banned in elementary school
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Y'all all have pencil tips still in you? I'm going to spend tonight worrying about all my internet friends who are slowly dying of graphite poisoning.


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 Post subject: Re: Red Alert: Pencils banned in elementary school
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 Post subject: Re: Red Alert: Pencils banned in elementary school
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I accidentally stabbed myself in the palm with a pencil in third grade. My sister accidentally stabbed herself in the thigh with one when she was little. She was at home though. My brother and I were fighting over a pencil and stabbed our little sister in the EYE. Talk about getting in trouble!! woah.

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 Post subject: Re: Red Alert: Pencils banned in elementary school
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laminatedcat wrote:
I accidentally stabbed myself with a pencil. I think there's still a piece of graphite somewhere in my thigh. This sort of incident just shows you why there should be no sharp objects anywhere, ever.



Same thing happened to me and I can still see it in my leg.


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 Post subject: Re: Red Alert: Pencils banned in elementary school
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What writing utensils are safe? those bulky toddler crayons in crazy shapes? Man, I love a good sharp pencil.


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 Post subject: Re: Red Alert: Pencils banned in elementary school
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I feel a little sorry for the teacher. There must have been some extreme chaotic moment that led to her giving up hope that pencils in her classroom could ever be used for good.

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 Post subject: Re: Red Alert: Pencils banned in elementary school
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My sister hurled a pencil at me from the top bunk of our bunk beds, it jabbed me in the head and the graphite broke off. I don't know if I still have a mark there because of my hair, but now I kind of want to find out.

Anecdotal evidence suggests: Most pencil injuries occur in the home!


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