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

MadScientistOscar2

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.

oregon-science-teacher

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 »


FLASH MOB: 100-Strong Insta-Posse Swarm Oregon School to Support Teen Standing Up to Bully

Halsey Parkerson, a bullied teen, is backed by a 100-member flash mob that came to his aid.

Halsey Parkerson, a bullied teen, is backed by a 100-member flash mob that came to his aid.

Linsey Bald reports: Bullying is all about the numbers. The so-called strong flout their perceived position on those they distinguish as weak. “Ganging-up” gives those in the numbers the feeling they can impose their will and verbal abuse on whomever they want.

Not in this case. Score one for all those being bullied. MSN Now carried the inspiring story Saturday of Oregonian teen Halsey Parkerson, a South Salem High School student who, backed by a flash mob of at least 100 new friends, got his bully to back down. Read the rest of this entry »