Because, Science: Oregon Teacher Arrested After Burning Students with Tesla Coil


UPDATE, 7:01 p.m. – A prosecutor says he is not filing criminal charges against the teacher at this time.

SALEM, Ore. — An Oregon science teacher who police say used a Tesla coil to burn the phrase “I love mom” into the arms of students has been charged with criminal mistreatment.

Salem Police Lt. Steve Birr says the 37-year-old was arrested Tuesday at South Salem High School.


Birr says students used the coil in an exercise last Thursday. The teacher noted it could also be used to mark the skin and asked for volunteers.

He burned “I love mom” — with a heart to symbolize the word love — into their arms.

A parent complained Friday, starting the investigation….(read more)

The Seattle Times

2 Comments on “Because, Science: Oregon Teacher Arrested After Burning Students with Tesla Coil”

  1. jimnjoy says:

    I hope the guy doesn’t lose his job. He seems like a pretty good science teacher. He asked for volunteers. It sounds like it will leave a temporary mark.

    • The Butcher says:

      Temporary infamy for the teacher, as well.

      Re: asking for volunteers – though I don’t completely disagree with you – as a defense, engaging only volunteer subjects probably isn’t valid. It’s questionable in a situation like this whether or not a minor has the legal status to give ‘consent’. If volunteer consent of a minor were the standard, imagine the kinds of things that a high-school age person would wholeheartedly, unwisely, offer consent to do? (things teachers get arrested, tried, prosecuted, and jailed for, every year) This is a very minor example, but parents, understandably, have a right to object, and put the spotlight on the teacher’s judgement.

      On the other hand, it reminds me of the cool science teachers I had, and who left an indelible (though not on my epidermis) impression on me, in my otherwise uneventful high school years.

      No surprise where this occurred: Oregon is often a good source of goofy news stories.

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