The class room got kinda smokey and we all had to go outside for about 45 mins for early recess while the teacher and the janitor got some big fans to air the room out.
Compare that to today:
A 16-year-old Bartow High School student was arrested Monday on allegations she detonated a bottle of explosive materials on the school grounds.
The girl told authorities she was conducting a science experiment, according to Bartow police, but science teachers at the school said they knew nothing about it. She also said she thought the materials would produce only smoke, not an explosion, police said.
Pritchard said he was standing nearby when the student left the drink bottle behind the cafeteria, near the lake on the school's east side.
"It was next to the gazebo by the lake," he said. "I wasn't standing too far away when it happened. I just heard the pop, and I turned around. I thought it was a firecracker at first."When I was 18 I bought my first shot gun. I also had a couple of months of school left. I really liked shooting trap and was good at it. So I'd have my shotgun in the car and go shooting after school.
Again compare that to today:
Most members of the Johnston County community, just southeast of Raleigh believe the 18-year-old is paying far too big a price for an honest mistake. Withrow had been skeet shooting with friends a day before, and only noticed he had left his shotgun in his truck on Monday morning as he reached to grab his book bag, said family friend Kimberly Boykin. When he realized his mistake, rather than leave school grounds, he went to the front office to call his mother for help.Did ya catch that? He forgot his gun was in the truck. He called his mom to come get it. They threw his ass in jail. He can't graduate and he is banded from the campus for 365 days. His crime? Realizing he made a mistake and trying to do the right thing.
All I know is that its a good thing I got out of school more than 20 years ago. If I hadn't I'd be writing this blog post from inside the big house.