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June 5, 2013

Charles Oliver: Apparently, Legos aren't toys

* Officials at Old Mill Pond Elementary School in Massachusetts gave a 6-year-old boy one day of detention and forced him to apologize to a bus driver for bringing a toy gun on a school bus. The gun was a Lego toy about the size of a quarter. The school also sent home a letter to parents about the incident assuring them that their children were never in danger. Well, yeah, because it was a quarter-sized toy gun.

* Kyron Birdine, a junior at Arlington High School in Texas, didn’t appreciate having to take the statewide STAAR test because the entire time he was in school he was being prepared to take a different statewide test. He still had to take that test, the TAKS, to graduate. So he wrote “YOLO” (you only live once) and “I have the TAKS test to study for, not this unneeded craziness” on the test and scrawled a happy face next to it. Then he took a photo of what he'd written and tweeted it. School officials gave him four days in-school suspension for that.

* Briar MacLean, 13, didn’t hesitate when he saw a bully pull a knife on a classmate at Sir John MacDonald School in Canada. MacLean jumped between the two and pushed the bully away. And he was lauded for his efforts by school officials. No, just joking. They searched his locker, gave him a reprimand and made him stay in the principal’s office for the rest of the day. MacLean’s mother said the school’s vice principal explained the punishment by saying they “don’t condone heroics in this school.” Maybe they should make that the official school motto.

* San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has publicly asked people who may be chosen as jurors to reject federal charges against Ronnie Chang. Chang has been charged by the Justice Department with running a medical marijuana dispensary, which is legal under California law but illegal under federal law.

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