Boy, 14, arrested after bomb threat at Millennium High
by Eric Firpo
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A 14-year-old Millennium High School freshman honor student could be expelled after his arrest Wednesday on suspicion of leaving a note that demanded $3,000 and threatened to blow up the school.

A geography teacher found the note on his desk Wednesday and brought it to administrators, who had received a much less menacing note the previous day.

According to the police blotter, Wednesday’s note said, “This school is about to blow. There is … bomb … I’m tired of the way people treat me! I want to say goodbye … I will be happy if you leave $300 (sic) in the locker room by 4 o’clock or I will let the bomb blow.

“You’re lucky it didn’t go off yesterday. Leave the $300 (sic) and don’t call police or else. The bomb is ticking away…”

The note in fact asked for $3,000, said Virginia Stewart, director of the Tracy Learning Center that houses Primary and Discovery Charter and Millennium High on Beverly Place.

She said the boy who was arrested Wednesday brought her a note on Tuesday that simply said, “This is a threat.” The note had a “happy face” on it, she said, and she called police who told her it warranted little concern.

The boy told Stewart he found Tuesday’s note in a bathroom, and she thanked him and told him he did the right thing by bringing it to her, but that it was a very serious matter.

When Wednesday’s note was discovered, the school was evacuated with a fire drill-like exercise, and the boy was brought to the office, where detectives were waiting for him. They compared the handwriting on the note with that in one of his school notebooks, Stewart said, and it matched.

After a few minutes, Stewart said the boy confessed and apologized in writing that he wrote Wednesday’s note, but was emphatic that it was a joke.

Officials found nothing funny about it, though, and he was taken away in handcuffs.

“We never would have been able to narrow it down to the one student without the note the day before,” Stewart said.

The kid has been suspended for two weeks and Stewart is recommending his expulsion.

One employee at the school who asked not to be identified said the boy is an honor student, and Stewart described him as “a nice boy” who had some difficulties at the school he attended before he went to Millennium High.

“The day before he should have realized it was not a joke to do a second time,” she said.

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slatz1
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May 07, 2009
Ornley_Gumfudgen, and my final comment on this topic.

I enjoyed your last two comments, particularly the "stripped butt naked" one.

My attacking your education was indeed rather petty.

I was over-reacting to your comments: "What planet are you from?" "I can see this is beyond your mental grasp." "In your myopic view of the world," etc. Your omission of these put-downs made the last two statements much more palatable for me than the earlier ones.

By the way, if you are as good at catching everyone else's spelling/typing errors as you are at catching mine, you should go to work as a copy editor somewhere.
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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May 07, 2009
slatz1, and my final comment on this topic.

As someone probably my age and as a professional retired teacher, I would have though that you of all people would refrain from attacking a person’s education or way of thinking in order to save face. You might want to pay a little attention to that wee problem before you continue to follow your line of dialoging with people.

Here is what I am talking about. “My favoite error is his statement, "They have all went along with zero tolerance" instead of, "They have all gone along with zero tolerance." Misuse of irregular verbs is one of the most obvious signs of a poor education. I hope he didn't go to school in Tracy.”

As a light poke in your ribs, you misspelled the word favorite. See what I mean here?

Stop trying the “I am better than you” type of posturing and come down to the level of the rest of humanity and you will be much better accepted.

Don’t feel bad, I have done this to myself many times.

I am sorry I didn’t comment on this earlier but just stumbled across it at this time or I would have said something about it.

If anything, hopefully this as adequately demonstrated to you that I am not the uneducated rube that you obviously think that I am.

Things are not always what they first seem to be.

Ornley_Gumfudgen
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May 07, 2009
To the students

In my long years of experience with dealin with people I have learned that sometimes ya have to sort of rudely rub their noses in the dirt before they can clearly see the problem and make corrective action.

Ya see, despite my age and rather uncouth demeanor, I have an advantage that you don’t have. Yall get it some day but it only comes from havin lived life and payin attention to the things around ya. These are all things ya can’t really learn from a book and just have to experience. Some people call it wisdom. Myself, I think that’s somewhat of a stretch.

So here’s a short true story that happened before most of you were born or even payin much attention to the world around ya.

Some years ago an upcoming valedictorian at Tracy High, doin the right thing, got himself bounced outa school because of zero tolerance.

What the young man did was to take a knife away from a middle school student that was squarin off against another middle school student over in Lincoln park.

Doin the right thing, he put the thing in his backpack and beat feet back to the Tracy High office to turn it in. Unfortunate for him a person with his shorts rapped around his head to tight saw the incident from the school bleachers, met him at the door and, because of zero tolerance, got the student bounced outa school. No excuse! Ya know, zero tolerance.

Now ya can see what zero tolerance can really do ta people. Not a good idea to treat everyone with the same brush is it?

Anyway, it's been fun twistin yer legs a bit so we could really discuss the insanity of zero tolerance to a successful end.

You guys and gals are bright and I do appreciate yer standin up for yer teacher. Takes courage to do that. But hopefully, this exercise has taught ya that often things are not always what they seem and you really need to wade through the mire in order to see them correctly so you can take the correct actions.

You are the next generation that will run this country. I just want to make sure that all of ya do a better job than many of us. A selfish reason when ya really think about it. Why?

Because as my twilight years have arrived, more likely than not, how you people decide to run our society is goin to determine how I survive and am treated until ya plant me in the ground. This is somethin’ that all adults should have in the pack of their minds.

Ornley_Gumfudgen
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May 07, 2009
All

Ok, so all of ya don't end up hatin me forever I have to confess to ya that I don't like the zero tolerance crud either. I intentionally set ya up to prove my point and make ya think hard about it.

I have always believed that each of us should be judged / punished individually and not with dumb knee jerk reactions like zero tolerance.

To that end I personally would like to see all zero tolerance rules be abolished and start treatin people as individuals and not some nameless mass. After all, that’s the way the ole man upstairs made us, we are all individuals and should be treated as such.

Don't know Mrs. Stewart personally and am sure she's probably a top notch educator. That bein' said we still have the nonsense of zero tolerance that now seems to be subjective and not zero tolerance at all.

Hint, if you call somethin' zero tolerance, shouldn't it mean zero tolerance?

Don't know who passed these dumb zero tolerance things so that ya lump everyone into the same category. But, as I have successfully demonstrated, at some cost of mental skin on my own personality, I think we can all now agree zero tolerance is not the way to go and that both students and educators should be judged as individuals instead of the snap knee jerk reaction of zero tolerance.

Do away with zero tolerance completely and you will send a much better message to those we are tryin' to educate rather than boot good students out with the badens.

Ornley_Gumfudgen
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May 07, 2009
slatz1

True I misspell words and my grammar is horrible. But then again, I am not passin' my self off as a retired English teacher. That's where ya got yerself into trouble. Never forget, stripped butt naked you’re really no better off than the rest of the naked apes on this planet. Don't set yerself up to be better or more knowledgeable than someone else and ya won't have any problems.

fortheunderdog
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May 05, 2009
ConcernedNeighbor,

You must be part of that small percentage. LOL
ConcernedNeighbor
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May 05, 2009
My translation was in response to fortheunderdog.

Thanks.
ConcernedNeighbor
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May 05, 2009
checking my log in, noticed it said, anonymous...

ConcernedNeighbor
anonymous
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May 05, 2009
Translation fortheunderdog's comment... for those who didn't make the small percentage of the population... (laughing):

I received somthing like this in an e-mail. It said if you could read it, you are part of a small percentage of people who could. Now I am sure some of you will think it is wierd but most of the words are misspelled which shows that you can still read what the writer is saying....

That's correct!
fortheunderdog
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May 05, 2009
I rcivied smeohtnig lkie tihs in an eamil. It siad if you cluod raed it you are prat of a salml preenctgae of poelpe who culod. Now I am srue smoe of you wlil tihnk it is wried but msot of the wrods are msisplleed wihch sohws taht you can sitll raed waht the wiretr is syanig.
ConcernedNeighbor
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May 05, 2009
Edison, too, sorry.
ConcernedNeighbor
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May 05, 2009
Intelligence and spelling often are overlooked in geniuses. Einstein was a poor speller, Einstein, too... amazing inventors couldn't be bothered to get the correct down when they wanted to get the correct mathematical equations out.



Bush, our former President has dylexsia, caused his writing to transpose letters.

Tireness has a play in it, too.

I also mistype when I am in a hurry, often transposing letters. If you read the Harvard study, you would be amazed to find how the Brain can "read" words with lots of missing letters. It is on the website, have fun.

Patience is a good virtue to learn, too. I am glad to see this student not using the "Gangsta" talk on these blogs, it shows the deterioration of the intelligence and language among the peers in America. We don't need that, right?

Keep up the good work on wanting to better yourself, you will thank yourself in the future!
ConcernedNeighbor
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May 05, 2009
If only "Penmanship" could be improved on... try reading some Doctor's handwriting... looked like a chicken having convulsion on prescription pad!
slatz1
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May 05, 2009
MHSStudent,

I basically agree with fortheunderdog; correct spelling is not considered particularly important in these days of text messaging and internet blogging.

But you're only 14. Why not aim a little higher than the average?People who can write clearly and correctly are at a premium. Use these next eight or so years to polish your English skills. You seem to have the desire. I guarantee you, educated people will look up to you.

Good Luck!
fortheunderdog
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May 04, 2009
MHSStudent,

I wasn't being sarcastic when I corrected your spelling/choice of word. I was only trying to show you that, sometimes, commentors hands get to typing so fast that they sometimes press the wrong key to misspell a word(s). I make the same mistakes. You're going to see "regular" commentors who repeatedly make the same spelling mistakes but you'll know what they are trying to say.

For the most part, you do have very good knowledge of the English language, spelling, punctuation, etc. You, and I, can thank a teacher for that.
MHSStudent
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May 04, 2009
Well, first off Mr/Mrs. fortheunderdog, I would like to thank you for pointing that out.. I am still a high school student (freshmen) and I am still learning. My point of the whole thing was that it was stupid for Ornely to point out someone else’s mistakes. So what, the teacher made a mistake in his spelling. What I am saying is that I think he should not put the teacher down for his spelling. The teacher is stating what he/she believes and I don’t understand why Ornely cares about the spelling of the teacher. People also understood when the teacher wrote “asperin” and I never said that people did not get what Ornely was describing. Like I said I am still learning and I thank you for correcting me. I also want to say that this is my school and I love and appreciate everyone in it. I also thank slatz1 for his comments. Thank you again.
slatz1
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May 04, 2009
I enjoyed the two students' comments. It almost makes me wish i were teaching again. It's refreshing to see students stick up for their school and administration. I especially want to commend the student who caught Ornley's original aspirin misspelling. That must have been what threw me off (just kidding). And they're certainly right about the rest of Ornley's grammar. My favoite error is his statement, "They have all went along with zero tolerance" instead of, "They have all gone along with zero tolerance." Misuse of irregular verbs is one of the most obvious signs of a poor education. I hope he didn't go to school in Tracy.

Hats off to Discovery Charter.
fortheunderdog
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May 04, 2009
I do not think misspelled words are that critical of an error that you have to correct the commentor. I'm sure everyone knew what "asprin" was meant to describe.

BTW...MHSStudent (the commentor using the username)....you misspelled "rid" by spelling it "ride". :)

"They will if needed get ride of a student that is harming other students in any way."
MHSStudent
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May 04, 2009
Well, I am a student from the school this event happened at. I am not the same student as the one below but I am using their username. I was there on the day these events happened. I was even in the class where the note was found. I know almost everything that happened up to this event. When you are talking about how our zero-tolerance needs to be used properly, I would like to inform you it is. We are not like the other high schools in town and our school is a lot safer than the others. We (even the students) do not put up with most junk the other schools do. We have had other students expelled and it was fair and best for the students. Mrs. Stewart, the other teachers, and the staff all care about the students’ well being and learning environment. They will if needed get ride of a student that is harming other students in any way. They truly care and with even this event, have done everything in their power to take care of us. And Ornely, I would like to inform you that the first time you wrote aspirin in your comment you spelled it wrong. You also spelled sharpener wrong and have other sentences with incorrect grammar. This boy was a very nice kid who just chose to do something stupid. It was taken care of the right way and I thank our staff and teachers for that. I would appreciate if you people who do not know the full happenings at our school would stop making comments about firing Mrs. Stewart. Thank you!
MHSStudent
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May 04, 2009
OK....so most of you have no clue of what your talking about! This news article is not entirely true. I happen to go to this school and i know the true story. Dont base your opinions off of this article if you do not know the whole TRUE story of what happened. And those of you who think that Mrs. Stewart should be fired. You need to shut up because she did what she could do. There is nothing more that she could have done. Ornley.....you dont know what you talking about stop trying to look all smart when your only talking crap. Shut up with your speech about zero-tolerence its not your decision on what the school board or the school decides to do. And no matter what you say about zero-tolernece your opinion does not affect the decision. :) and stop bagging on people because FYI it doesnt make you cool!

THANKS!


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