Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Crimefighter Of The Day

I'm hoping there's more to the story. I bet the kid wouldn't share his jelly donut with her or something. I usually side with the teacher but damn.

From The Smoking Gun.

Boy, 13, Busted For Illegal Marker Possession

DECEMBER 22--A 13-year-old boy was arrested Friday for using a permanent marker while in class at his Oklahoma City middle school, a violation of an obscure city ordinance.

According to an Oklahoma City Police Department report, the boy was spotted “in possession of a permanent marker” by Roosevelt Middle School teacher DeLynn Woodside. The 50-year-old educator told cop Miguel Campos that the student was “writing on a piece of paper, which caused it to bleed over onto the desk.”

Woodside reported that the child attempted to hide the marker when she asked him for it.

Strangely, Woodside’s Facebook page reveals that her “likes and interests” include the official “Sharpie Permanent Markers” page on Facebook.

Campos reported that he allowed Woodside, a seventh grade math teacher, to “sign a citation” against the boy, who was then transported to a juvenile holding facility. A police sergeant subsequently “booked the marker into the property room.”

A police spokesman referred to the student’s bust as a “citizen’s arrest” by Woodside.

The marker ban--which apparently is aimed at curbing graffiti--stems from a city ordinance making it illegal to possess spray paint or a permanent marker on private property without the owner’s permission.


  1. Yes, take away the permanent markers. That way the hooligans won't have any way to slash her tires (wait...nope, that's not it) least they won't be able to attack her with a baseball bat...nope, not it either.

    They now can't draw obscene pictures of the teacher and a horse in the second-floor boys' room?

    Hey, that's something.

  2. And in case I haven't mentioned it, I'm having a Contest over at the old CDS, and there's still time to win artwork, movies and bacon!

  3. And people wonder why I left Oklahoma! Almost thirty years ago I packed up my '71 Chevelle with all my worldly possessions (including my REO Speedwagon 8-track tapes) and headed to school - the last day of my senior year. When we were dismissed at noon, I got in my car and drove out of that state.

    I have regretted many things in my life - but not that!!!

  4. Next thing you know the little punks will be yawning in class and farting on the bus, too! Sharpies are just the beginning -- it'll be anarchy!

    Seriously, though, that teacher has issues! Yikes.

  5. I didn't know Sharpies were a gateway medium. First you're drawing a penis on your friend's forehead and the next thing you know you're defacing boxcars and overpasses. Damn kids.

    Maybe he can get the kid who farted on the bus as a cell mate.

  6. Yikes! That's extreme punishment, to say the least. I thought they were going to say he had been sniffing it trying to get high or something like that. Poor kid. You'd think they could have just confiscated the marker and been done with it.

  7. It looks like she's still using her junior high school picture as her Facebook default. Maybe reunion time is coming up and she wants the boys to remember her the way she was when her braces were getting caught in theirs, rather than as a middle-aged marker hoarder.

  8. Question: Isn't a school PUBLIC property? The school isn't owned by that one teacher, is it?

    She needs a new job.

  9. Daisy might be on to something. Maybe there was a huffing concern. Still...

  10. You can have my El Marko when you pry it from my cold, dead hand.

  11. Seriously? When I read this at first I thought it was from The Onion.

  12. Daisy said...

    Poor kid. You'd think they could have just confiscated the marker and been done with it.

    Power trip pure and simple. I had teachers like that all through school.

    The best was my 4th grade teacher who TOLD us to bring in scissors for a project the next day, but confiscated them when the Vice-principal poked his head in and freaked at a bunch of 10 year olds holding razor sharp instruments of death.

  13. I dunno. I've been on the teaching side of the desk, and this is actually a little more complicated than it seems. My first thought was the huffing concern--it's the reason Sharpies and white out have been verboten in class rooms lately.

    If it's in violation of a city ordinance to have a Sharpie and to create graffiti, then he was guilty because the bleeding was going onto the desk...which is technically defacing public property, even by accident, as this school was not privately owned, ja? Then it's a crime that happened in the teacher's class room, and she's responsible.

    Supposing some gung-ho admin walked in and saw this kid wielding a Sharpie AND defacing a desk and the teacher was doing nothing. Who'd be to blame? Cover Thy Ass is rule #1 in teaching, and people LOVE it when teachers get taken down or punished...just look how many comments this article garnered here. What she should've done is merely taken the marker with a promise he'd get it back at the end of the day (and an admonishment not to bring it again) and had the kid scrub the desk as punishment. You make the mess, you try to clean it. When he resisted, she should've removed him from the class to the office to minimise the class room disturbance. That's VERY basic class room management, and she really dropped the ball.

    But she was also covering her ass in case an admin (or some other over-reactive parent) made a stink about it, a bigger one than the Sharpie gave off, no doubt. Putting the kid into detention and holding the marker for evidence? I bet they did it all laughing their heads off.

  14. Valid points. It seems to me like this should turn into an administrative issue. Kid goes to principal's office and she/he decides whether to call the cops. No telling if the kid was being a total dick about the situation or not.

  15. Yeah, there are big pieces missing from this, aren't there. If the kid was being a peckerhead and refusing to leave the class room, the teacher can't put one finger on him to evict him...because then he could yell racism, molestation, injury, or any other buzzword/phrase that's giving the public a hard-on these days. I was actually told by my last principal that we had to treat students of a certain race differently because of "how their culture has taught them to need to be more sensitive, especially to the boys". Unless you've been in the trenches teaching in a public school, you would not believe the steaming piles of shit that an administration can attempt to shovel down your throat.

    My admin once called the cops because one repeat offender little shitwad refused to go to class. It was a Scare Him Straight tactic. It sort of worked, but the kid was later dx'd as SED (severely emotionally disturbed). Oops.



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