Strange but true, as I write over at Let Grow:
The students were evacuated to the football field as Hazmat teams rushed to the scene. The local prosecutor was alerted, so were the police. Responders entered the building and investigated room by room. What calamity beset Haddon Township High School in New Jersey’s Camden County on Friday? A bomb threat? A gas leak? Anthrax?
Specifically, Fiestaware, the colorful plates that took America by storm during the Depression. A sophomore had brought a quarter-size piece to his science class, because some of the plates were originally glazed with a red color that contained uranium oxide (at least until our WWII war effort required uranium for the atom bomb, at which point the government confiscated Fiestaware’s stash). The student had received a Geiger counter for Christmas and was going to do a little experiment in class.
I guess it ended up being an experiment in how little it takes to create a nuclear reaction…of fear. Read the rest here (including the sophomore’s wise assessment of the situation). And if you have heard any other strange stories of overkill lately, please drop a line here, or over on Facebook at Raising Independent Kids (voila).