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because a laser pointer is a weapon

Students suspended for having a laser pointer

4 Responses to “because a laser pointer is a weapon”

  1. Mr Evilwrench Says:

    They can definitely mess with your vision at the least, so we take them very seriously on the bus. I wouldn’t even let them use a flash camera while I was driving; have to keep looking in the mirror and it wouldn’t do to be driving with big dots in my eyes.

  2. mikee Says:

    I can see misuse of a laser pointer as a perfectly legitimate cause for school disciplinary action.

    I cannot see possession as any problem, since punishing possession under the school code would seem to have a problem of vagueness in the definition of weapon – almost like a pop-tart.

    How about possessing a xenon flashlight? If I can’t know before I come on campus what is legal and what will result in prosecution, the rules need to be cleared up.

  3. Geodkyt Says:

    Well, the school policy in my county calls out laser pointers because, absent specific purposes that would automatically be exempt from the rule, there is no legitimate academic use for a _student_ to have a laser pointer, and they HAVE been used to distract other students, harass people, and HAVE been shined in bus drivers’ eyes via the rear view mirror by students.

    Not so much as a “weapon” as for being more electronic devices the students are using for entertainment to the detrement of the learning environment (their’s, or someone else’s).

    If a kid actually has a legitimate use for a laser pointer in class, the rule doesn’t apply, the same as teh rules against music players being used in class, etc.

  4. Kristophr Says:

    If you mount one facing forward on a cat, the cat becomes an unguided weapon.