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Science project prompts SD school evacuation
A vice principal saw the student showing it to other students at school about 11:40 a.m. Friday and was concerned that it might be harmful, and San Diego police were notified.

The school, which has about 440 students in grades 6 to 8 and emphasizes technology skills, was initially put on lockdown while authorities responded.

The technology skills of the vice-principal are apparently not emphasized.
Luque said the project was intended to be a type of motion-detector device.

Both the student and his parents were "very cooperative" with authorities, Luque said.

Luque is the spokesperson for the fire squad.
The student will not be prosecuted, but authorities were recommending that he and his parents get counseling, the spokesman said.
Counseling for what? For undertaking their own extracurricular science project, or for the overreaction of the authorities?
Luque said both the student and his parents were extremely upset.

"He was very shaken by the whole situation, as were his parents," Luque said.

Yeah, I'd say.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jan 17th, 2010 at 04:52:19 PM EST
In Sweden, the vice principal might well be prosecuted for a crime called "false alarm". Like those Americans who said their kid had flown off in a homemade baloon.

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by Starvid on Tue Jan 19th, 2010 at 12:16:38 AM EST
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