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. Read the rest of this entry »