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Boy Isolated from Class by Cardboard Screen

When a person in college is late for class, that’s usually on them. When a six-year-old is late for class, the only persons worth blaming or punishing are the parents. Apparently they didn’t see it that way at Lincoln Elementary School in Redwood, Oregon.

Laura Hoover of Redwood discovered that her grandson had been separated from his classmates at school by a cardboard wall because he was one minute late for class. Hoover was so upset she posted pictures and a message on her Facebook page which, in this day-and-age, can be an effective tool.

Facebook post:

“This is my grandson, Hunter. He’s a little first grader. His momma’s car sometimes doesn’t like to start right up. Sometimes he’s a couple minutes late to school. Yesterday, he was 1 minute late and this is what his momma discovered they do to punish him!

They have done this to him 6 times for something that is out of this baby’s control! They make a mockery of him in front of the other students! The principal is responsible for this.

His mom found him there, crying, and took him home for the day. Anyone want to help me flood this lady principal with calls telling her how inappropriate this is?”

-Laura Hoover

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Hunter Hoover’s punishment for his mother being late to school. | (Laura Hoover/Facebook)

Her post has since been shared more than 100,000 times and in response, Grants Pass School District 7 has abandoned the screen that they call a “tardy academic catch-up location.” Wonder how long it took them to come up with that ridiculous name. It’s a piece of cardboard.

In order to save face, the school board came out with a press release saying principal Fitzsimmons had met with the parents and that the meeting had been amicable.

I remember my parents telling me that when they were little, if you were being bad at school, the teacher would have the student stand in the corner facing the wall and away from the other kids.

This punishment was somewhat justifiable because the student had acted out and the teacher wanted to teach them a lesson. The difference here is that Hunter is being punished for something out of his control. Six tardies is a lot and I’m sure he does need to catch up with his schoolwork, but don’t ostracize him like he’s some leper.

Apparently the old-school physical punishment at school has been replaced with psychological punishment. Which is worse long-term?

Man Throws Brick at Window. Window Wins.

And the award for funniest video of the year involving a criminal goes to… man with brick vs. car window. I know it’s only March, but I can’t imagine seeing a better video than this.

A thief in Ireland was on a car-jacking crime spree for a good 30 minutes when he came upon an appealing white Mercedes. Not wanting to waste any time, he found a brick and attempted to break the window.

But when he threw it, the window decided to fight back which resulted in him getting hit in the face by the brick rendering him unconscious. The owner of the car, Gerry Brady, found the man lying in a pool of his own blood and attempted to help him, but the criminal instead tried to blackmail Brady.

http://youtu.be/xvv49H61PfA

“When the Gardai (Local police) picked him up, he started claiming that I attacked him. He was still telling them that in the station when I came in with the footage of him getting knocked out by his own brick,” said Brady.

“You should have heard the garda laughing when they saw the video. They were in stitches. Credit to them, they were straight out when we called and found the guy within minutes.”

This guy, whoever he is, will probably be known as “Brick” from now on.

Kevin Garnett Bought 1,000 Tickets for Timberwolves Fans

Kevin Garnett spent 12 outstanding years with the Minnesota Timberwolves. They made the playoffs numerous times and came close to winning a title in 2004. But a player can only be so loyal. In 2007, Garnet waived his no-trade clause and was dealt to Boston to try and win a championship which he finally did in 2008.

In the seven years since he left, Minnesota has missed the playoffs every year and have been mired in bad organizational moves and a series of injuries. At the trade deadline this year, they had the worst record in the west and fans were counting down the days to the off-season.

But in a move what would seem irrelevant to any other fan base, Minnesota brought back an aging Garnett for the remainder of the season after Garnett once again waved his no-trade clause.

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Kevin Garnett’s return to Minnesota has been nostalgic. | (Jesse Johnson/USA TODAY Sports)

In his first game back, Garnett was greeted to a standing ovation, a hair-raising player introduction and a suddenly inspired and engaged Minnesota crowd.

To thank the fans for welcoming him back in the twilight of his career, Garnett purchased 1,000 tickets to the T-Wolves’ Monday night game against the Clippers. The tickets will be available to the first 5,000 people who claim a pair at the team’s website beginning 9 am Monday morning.

In all my years following the NBA, I’ve never heard of such a thing happening. Garnett is a hall-of-fame player because of his time in Minnesota and while he wasn’t able to bring them a championship, the fans still appreciated his time there and he’s paying them back in a big way.

Garnett was always known for being an unlikable player among fans for his strange antics on the court including crawling like a dog, head-butting players, and making teammates cry. But his return to where it all started reminds us of the good side of Garnett. He’s not such a bad guy. He just loves the game and the fans so much.

 

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