June 17, 2008

Don't Brand Me, Bro!

As all five of you who read this blog regularly know, all too often we (that's the royal we, you know, the editorial) cover recent legal happenings. Sometimes they're interesting. Sometimes they're mundane. Sometimes you probably have no idea why we even bother...'tis the nature of the beast.

But today we've got what we believe is a fun one.

What do you get when you mix a mentally unstable science teacher who doesn't believe in evolution with high voltage electrical devices and of course, children? You guessed it - a lawsuit.

Oh, and if you're one of this guy's 8th graders, a cross branded into your arm.

Yep, a cross BRANDED (as in branded like cattle) with an electrical device described in the complaint as having "a high voltage output that should never be used to touch human skin." Oops, guess someone missed that memo.

Now look, 8th graders can be ornery. Of that we have no doubt. But god only knows (pun intended) what a kid would have to do to be branded with a cross by what you would hope is a responsible adult mentor.

One way or another, Duderino smells a little respondeat superior. Or maybe that's just burning 14-year-old flesh. You decide.

Uplifting story, isn't it?

Shaping Young Minds and Branding Young Bodies [ATL]


itdontmattertojess said...

Woah! That makes me appreciate my science teacher's incessant rambling about Bill Nye, the Science Guy, MUCH, MUCH more.

Anonymous said...

Three words: What. The. Fuck.

Mr. Lawyer dude, why is this only leading to a lawsuit? Isn't this...well...a crime?

El Duderino said...

Haha, good question anonymous. Certainly sounds like assault to me. But there probably haven't been any criminal charges because instead of calling the cops, this kid's parents sued.

Doesn't mean they can't be filed in the future, although that would probably have to happen pretty quick. What I mean to say is - if there were criminal charges filed, that trial would probably take place before the civil suit so as not to determine any kind of guilt or innocence by implication before a criminal trial (and the subsequent criminal penalties).

So I guess check your local listings for that one.