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re: Silent Lunch (Fucking Stupid Teachers)

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Dr_Rock 03:51 pm MST 01/26/07
In reply to: re: Silent Lunch (Fucking Stupid Teachers) - Dr_Rock 03:25 pm MST 01/26/07

Whilst we're on the subject of examples of stupidity in the news (from BBC News):

A motorist has had a 12-month drink-drive ban overturned after he successfully argued that his breath test reading was affected by burping.
O Sang Ng was banned for 12 months after admitting the offence to Basingstoke magistrates last year.

But the 46-year-old from Winchester, Hants, appealed saying the intoximeter reading was affected by a burp.

A High Court judge ruled that a belch can be a "special reason" for not disqualifying a driver.

O Sang Ng, of Hambledon Close, was fined 130 last January after admitting driving with excess alcohol.

He had been stopped while driving his Ford Escort in Andover Road, Winchester.

The breath test revealed 53 mcg of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.

In April, he tried to argue that the reading was artificially inflated by an eructation - or burp - but District Judge Gillian Babington-Browne ruled the belch was "connected to the offender and not the offence" and was not a "special reason" to overturn his driving ban.

At a later court hearing, the disqualification was suspended pending a High Court Appeal.

Allowing O Sang Ng's appeal, Mr Justice Owen said the district judge had erred in law.

"I am satisfied that in this case the evidence upon which the appellant sought to rely before the district judge was directly connected to the offence," he said.

The disqualification was set aside and the case was sent back to magistrates for reconsideration.

After the case, O Sang Ng's barrister Mary Aspinall-Miles explained that a burp "may" elevate a breath alcohol reading for a specimen sample as it was effectively a concentrated gas bubble from the stomach.

Because it would have just been too difficult for the police to take another reading!


> How obvious is it that this is lifted from a newspaper
> article, and as we all know newspapers will never let the
> truth get in the way of a good story.
> Let's examine it more closely. The headline states that
> students are required to remain silent which seems to
> imply that any noise at all is forbidden. However later,
> in a line that the editor obviously forgot to remove prior
> to printing, we are told that "the school doesn't expect
> complete silence but enough quiet to keep students safe."
> However, "Pupils told to keep the noise down a bit" is a
> daily occurence at every school, and not quite as snappy a
> headline.
> And the media wonder why they are regarded as the scum of
> the earth.
> Will
> > School Calls For Silent Lunch
> >
> > Thursday, Jan 25, 2007 - 01:33 PM
> >
> > The chapel isn't the only place where silence is expected
> > at one Rhode Island Catholic school.
> >
> > The St. Rose of Lima School instituted new lunch rules
> > this week that require students to remain silent during
> > lunch. The move comes after three recent choking incidents
> > in the school cafeteria.
> >
> > All three students are fine, but school Principal Jeannine
> > Fuller said in a letter to parents: "If the lunch room is
> > loud we cannot hear if a child is choking."
> >
> > The letter laid out a laundry list of new lunchtime rules,
> > including "All students must remain silent," "No child out
> > of their seat," and "One trip to the trash can." Any child
> > who breaks the rules will be put in lunch detention the
> > following day, Fuller's letter said.
> >
> > Christine Lamoureux, whose 12-year-old is a sixth-grader
> > at the school, said she respects the safety issue, but
> > thinks it's a bad idea.
> >
> > "I don't think that they should have silent lunch. They
> > are silent all day," she said. "They have to get some type
> > of release."
> >
> > She said students should be allowed to have conversations
> > while eating.
> >
> > But mother Thina Paone doesn't mind the silent lunches.
> >
> > "It can be very crazy (in the cafeteria)," said Paone, 33,
> > who picked up her son Joey, 6, at the suburban school
> > south of Providence on Thursday afternoon.
> >
> > She said her son understands the policy and hasn't had
> > trouble obeying the new rules.
> >
> > "Whenever the teacher explains something to him he takes
> > it seriously," she said.
> >
> > Lori Healey, a fourth grade teacher whose son is a
> > third-grader at the school, said "silent lunch" means
> > students can whisper.
> >
> > It's a safety measure, she said, and it means they're not
> > choking on their food.
> >
> > "They know it's not for punishment," she said, "It's for
> > safety, and they'll be the first ones to tell you."
> >
> > Stacey Wildenhain, 40, a teacher's assistant at the
> > school, said her 7-year-old second-grade son thinks the
> > policy is no big deal. She said he told her that: "The
> > sooner we eat, the sooner we can get out to play."
> >
> > Wildenhain said she wishes more attention were paid to the
> > two teachers who performed the Heimlich maneuver on
> > choking students.
> >
> > Fuller did not immediately return a call seeking comment,
> > but Michael Guilfoyle, spokesman for the Diocese of
> > Providence, described the silence rule as a temporary
> > safety measure at the school, which has more than 200
> > students from kindergarten through eighth grade.
> >
> > He said the school doesn't expect complete silence but
> > enough quiet to keep students safe.
> >
> > Still, first-grader Joey said the school expected him to
> > be quiet during his 20-minute lunch. And while he said
> > he's OK with the changes, some of his classmates were
> > having trouble obeying the rules.
> >
> > Amanda Karhuse, of the National Association of Secondary
> > School Principals, a group for middle-level and high
> > school principals, said students shouldn't be running wild
> > during lunch, but they also shouldn't have to be silent.
> >
> > "It seems kind of ridiculous in our opinion," she said.
> > "Kids need that social time, and they just need time to be
> > kids at that age."
> >
> > Kara Casali, who has a 6-year-old son at the school, said
> > she got the letter this week, and understands the school's
> > motive. But she thinks it will be tough to enforce.
> >
> > "I can't imagine having a silent lunch," she said.

URL: The British Police (making Frank Drebin look competent)!

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