You can have my textbook when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.

Posted by admin
Oct 20 2006

No, seriously. Check this out, but hold onto your jaw so it doesn’t crash through your desk.

Quite possibly the most ridiculous idea ever conceived (sean incognito):

Good grief [Boston Globe article linked]:

OKLAHOMA CITY — A candidate for state superintendent of schools said Thursday he wants thick used textbooks placed under every student’s desk so they can use them for self-defense during school shootings.

“People might think it’s kind of weird, crazy,” said Republican Bill Crozier of Union City, a teacher and former Air Force security officer. “It is a practical thing; it’s something you can do. It might be a way to deflect those bullets until police go there.”

Crozier and a group of aides produced a 10-minute video Tuesday in which they shoot math, language and telephone books with a variety of weapons, including an AK-47 assault rifle and a 9mm pistol. The rifle bullet penetrated two books, including a calculus textbook, but the pistol bullet was stopped by a single book.

Crozier said the demonstration shows that a student could effectively use a textbook as protection in a school shooting.

An Oklahoma Highway Patrol spokesman was skeptical.

“He probably needs to take a look at some ballistics tests,” Lt. Pete Norwood said. “There are some rifles not even Webster’s Dictionary will stop.”

Sean, a Canadian, has returned to blogging in the Great White North after a long hiatus. He paid a visit to Yowling yesterday and left a comment. Since he has returned, I thought it would be a good idea to see what topics he was following. Little did I know he had this story just waiting to pounce.

I don’t know what’s funnier (or scarier), that Crozier suggested the idea in the first place or made a video to demonstrate his point.

If I have learned one thing from his post, it’s not to accept a teaching position in Oklahoma, especially if the above story represents the level of political debate for candidates for state superintendent of schools.

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