I think the brain damage may have occurred before the stupid experiment…

@paula27661 (15900)
Australia
September 8, 2010 10:00pm CST
Look, I hate to be judgemental of other people but what would ever possess a New Hampshire teenager to place an electrical clamp to his nipples while another plugged the cord in. The student Kyle Dubois suffered serious injuries from the shock he obtained during this little ‘experiment’ conducted in his electrical trades class. Dubois’s heart stopped beating and he is now suffering from brain damage which is not funny in the least...He and his family are suing the teacher, the school district and the city of Dover resulting in the teacher’s resignation about a month later. http://www.mylot.com/w/newsarticle/25023042.aspx Why or why? Do you ever ask why? What have seen or head that has left you stumped?
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@sid556 (31018)
• United States
9 Sep 10
Yes I remember reading that. It's crazy. I do feel bad for the family and all but to sue the teacher and ruin his career seems a little much. So the teacher did not say that it was dangerous to put the electrical tester on his nipple. Don't most of us know the dangers of electricity long before we hit our teen years?
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@AmbiePam (45738)
• United States
9 Sep 10
Amen to that. Odds are even if the teacher had told them not to, they would have done it anyway. I guess the teacher took it for granted these kids had common sense.
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@sid556 (31018)
• United States
10 Sep 10
As a parent, I can't even imagine going after the teacher if my kid did something that dumb. I think I'd just be grateful that my kid was alive. Obviously the kid must have known that it's intended purpose was not to put it on his nipples. You'd think that out of 3 of them, one of them would have thought...hmmm, maybe this is a bad idea.
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@zandi458 (27954)
• Malaysia
9 Sep 10
I think this is a case of 'curiosity kills the cat'. Incident like this should not have happened if the teacher is more alert. Teenagers are daredevils and like challenges. But accidents do happen. The damage is done and there is nothing that can bring back the girl to normalcy. Very unfortunate incident that caused an upset in the teacher's career. This is now left to the court of law whether to implicate the teacher for irresponsibility on his charges.
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@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
9 Sep 10
It goes to show how stupid actions can have very dire consequences and it is all too common when teenagers are involved! They are act 'first, think later'...Now the kid has permanent brain damage. The teacher should have known better though. Shame...Thanks for the response zandi!
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@Hatley (157630)
• Garden Grove, California
9 Sep 10
hi paula why on earth did the kid do that and the other kid plug it it, and why did the teacher let them do this? I think three fools got together in that electrical trades class. I do hope these two idiot kids are not actually going to go into electrical trades as I pity the people whom they do work for. with pea brains they would be dangerous in electrical trades.This is the worst save for a little side thing that happened to us today. Some of us residents went shopping today at Target. well the three of us were done and went outside to wait for the Gold Crest Van. the fourth lady came over to us and keep murmuring fix it, fix it and we kept asking her what she meant. She had four tops each worth about ten dollars apiece atop her walk, they were not paid for, we told her she had better go back in target and pay for them. It turned out she did not have any money. She meant fix it by giving her money to pay for the four blouses. now none of us had that much left and I havelearned here not to lend money to anyone as some have not got much brain power due to strokes and what have you. so fix it will be engraved on my brain as meaning lend me some money.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
9 Sep 10
I hear and see stuff all the time that leaves me stumped but that would have to be one of the nuttiest things I have heard lately. Wow..in an electrical class and not knowing how much current and what it will do to him shows me there is a teacher that hasn't taught proper saftey or students that wanted to show out and didn't take it seriously. Just awful.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
10 Sep 10
I don't think the teacher is solely responsible either. Like I said..sometimes children want to show out in front of friends and don't take what they have been taught seriously. Maybe the teacher sould have prevented it and maybe not. It really is a shame that this child's ridiculous actions has hurt so many people, including himself. Imagine having to be the child's parents...terrible.
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@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
11 Sep 10
I know, I cannot imagine it happening to my child...
@Thoroughrob (11771)
• United States
9 Sep 10
It makes you wonder what they were thinking! I cannot believe the teacher let them do it. I cannot think of anything right at the moment.
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@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
10 Sep 10
It is a sad case of big stupidity with dire consequences. I am not sure it is entirely the teacher's fault but he should have been supervising his class better because they were his responsibility at the time. Thanks for the response thouroughrob!
@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
11 Sep 10
That is a good point teamrose...I guess the teenagers are old enough to know better...
@AmbiePam (45738)
• United States
9 Sep 10
Oh good grief. I can't read the article right now because I'm answering from my e-mail. But I'm assuming the teacher didn't know he was going to do it. It ticks me off that the teacher is getting so much grief. It was their stupid son who is responsible! It's horrible what happened, but the fault lies with him and the other kid. Whatever happened to accepting personal responsibility? It's pathetic.
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@AmbiePam (45738)
• United States
9 Sep 10
Now I did read the article and I'm even more ticked off in defense of the teacher. The teacher didn't warn the kids of the dangers? Gee, he didn't tell them that shocking themselves wasn't a good idea? Someone actually needed to tell him that? Perhaps the kid should have been warned that water is wet and ice can melt.
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@BarBaraPrz (17286)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
9 Sep 10
Ice can melt?!?
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@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
10 Sep 10
It is about blaming someone else other than themselves. I am not so sure that the teacher should actually be sued because it wasn't his stupidity that caused this but, having said that, he should have been supervising his class a little better, after all he is the adult...Anyway these kids were stupid and now one of them have permanent injuries and that is sad... Thanks Pam, appreciate the response...
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@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
9 Sep 10
I don't know about NH but in every school I have taught in students have to pass a state approved safety test. No where on the test does it state that you should not try to electrocute yourself. Maybe we should hold the test writers from the state to blame. In the teacher';s defence most shop classes I have seen are held in a very large area with smaller rooms and work stations. I am sorry for the student but I don't think the teacher should be held liable for the action of moronic stupid students who don't understand that electricity KILLS. I don't know how many public service announcements are made each year telling people this. The student should be sued for ruining a teachers career.
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@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
10 Sep 10
I appreciate your comment bobmnu, these students did indeed behave like morons and one of them paid a very high price for his stupidity. I was annoyed at the teacher when I first read this because as the adult in the room he should have been more aware of what was going on but I am not so sure he should be sued or out of a job. You are right the students are at fault, for sure. Thanks for the response!
9 Sep 10
Sorry but I laughed! How could they do such things, they just thought they were being funny by pulling some silly stunt. Now looking at it seriously that was extremely dangerous but they're teenagers and nutters and I feel really sorry for the boy! :/
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@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
10 Sep 10
Yes it is a darn shame...This stupid stunt has cost one of them a lot...It is uncanny how dumb some kids are! They certainly should have know the dangers of something like that but what can you do? Sad stupid thing to do...
@mtdewgurl74 (18122)
• United States
9 Sep 10
You would only think it would be common sense that a person would be electrocuted trying this stunt I mean we are taught from the time we are in nappies that messing with electricity is dangerous and I feel that this person knew this knowledge..just chose to ignore it. Heck if anything the kids that helped in the matter should be charged not the teacher. I mean he didn't tell them to do something so stupid..I think the teacher should get his job back.I know he resigned but dang..if he is teaching kids like this it is a wonder he resigned.
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@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
10 Sep 10
The only thing the teacher is guilty of is not seeing what was going on. These kids made the idiotic decision all by themselves and they should have known better. I wish they had been better supervised...Darn shame the kid has permanent injuries.Thanks mtdewgurl!
@dawnald (84126)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Sep 10
The teacher didn't warn them? Good grief, how many stupid things do you have to warn kids about? OK he probably should have told them not to mess with the electrical stuff with out supervision, but still. Sounds like the boy and his friends were at fault here, at least 90%. Sad though...
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@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
10 Sep 10
Yes it is sad...I wish the teacher had kept a better eye in his class so this stupid accident didn't happen, it is amazing how idiotic people can get...Suing is not what I would have done. The teacher should have been closer by but does not deserve legal action! Thanks Dawn...
@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
9 Sep 10
I had not heard about this. What a stupid thing to do. How sad that it turned out so tragically. I don't think the school or the teacher should be blamed.
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@savypat (20248)
• United States
9 Sep 10
Well someone dropped the ball on this one. I can't even guess what really went on here. I'd like to be the Lawyer on this one.
@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
10 Sep 10
I have no idea where the teacher was while these two idiots were 'experimenting.' The class should have been supervised better. I don't know if I would sue if I was in the parents' place...Thanks pat!
@BarBaraPrz (17286)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
9 Sep 10
Definitely, somebody wasn't thinking. Not quite the same level of eedyotcy, but while out walking a past a place that obviously is going to have a new fence installed: two huge bundles of lumber on the lawn. The posts, which would have to be installed first, are on the bottom.
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@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
10 Sep 10
(LOL) Somebody is going to be mighty annoyed when they start on the fence! Yet another thing that makes you ask 'why?' In regards to the teenagers and the clamped nipples it's a shame that stupidity can have such dire consequences! Thanks Barbara!
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@teamrose (1499)
• United States
9 Sep 10
Notice that this occurred on March 11th. That means it was most of the way to the end of the school year. There is no way that these kids didn't know that at very least something bad was going to happen. There is no way that they made it that far into school without ever being told not to shock themselves.
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@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
10 Sep 10
I agree, the bottom line is that these kids behaved like idiots and that is all there is to it. I just wish they had been better supervised; it wouldn't have stopped them from being fools but this incident may have been prevented. Thanks for responding teamrose, appreciate it.