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The skinny: Getting kid out of tree is way too dangerous


Getting kid out of tree is way too dangerous

A 5-year-old student at Manor School in Melksham, England, climbed up a tree at the school. When teachers were made aware of this, they followed school policy, which is to "observe from a distance" and not "get the kid out of the tree." After 45 minutes, Kim Barrett walked past on her way home and saw the boy, entered school property and helped him down. Later that night, the school sent her a letter. A thank you? No, reports the Daily Mail. It was informing her she was being investigated for trespassing. The school said that it has a policy of leaving its students in trees because trying to help them out may distract them and cause them to fall.

Go to see-saw, go directly to see-saw

For six years, no one really thought anything about the jungle gym that resembled a jail at the playground in Brooklyn. But then Natasha Godley started taking her 6-year-old son there and thought, wait a second. "It was like promoting kids to go to jail," she said. And when she put it that way, it did seem pretty stupid. So crews removed the sign that said "jail" and the fake bars. Officials said there was at least one other fake jail in the jurisdiction — probably built to relieve overcrowding — and changes will be made there too, though no one has complained yet.

Moving violations

Don't call 911 to report your arrest

Police in Naperville, Ill., say that Carly Houston was recently in a taxi taking a trip from downtown to . . . somewhere. The taxi driver said that Houston wouldn't tell him where she wanted to go and that she just started yelling and being abusive. So he stopped, told her to get out and pay the $6.60 fare. That didn't go over well, and she started yelling at everyone at the gas station. Police arrested her and took her to the station, where they let her make her one call, which she made to 911 to report that she was "trapped inside a detention facility," according to the Naperville Sun. So, whatever the police were going to charge her with, add a charge of making a false 911 report.

Yes, officer, we have illegal stuff

Port Authority police pulled over a 1994 Acura Integra on the New Jersey side of the Lincoln Tunnel because they noticed it had no license plate, which is a violation. When officers asked Donald West for his license, he gave them a Tennessee gun permit, which is not the same thing, even in Tennessee. The New York Post reports that the police asked why he gave them that, and he said, "I got a gun on me. In the small of my back." Apparently he didn't know his permit doesn't travel well. This got the officers' interest and they asked if he had anything else. Well, just some marijuana. And handcuffs. And illegal bullets. Then the police moved on to the passenger, to see if he had anything to add. Just a little more pot. The police enjoyed their time with the men so much, they invited them back to the station.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at

The skinny: Getting kid out of tree is way too dangerous 03/25/10 [Last modified: Thursday, March 25, 2010 10:03pm]
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