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  •  kind of a hard line to draw, really (14+ / 0-)

    I agree with your comment -- I'm just thinking some more about that last part.

    There's the kind of stupid where you're trying to mess something up, but not very much. No sign of that here.

    Then there's the kind of stupid where you're appallingly oblivious to the possible consequences of your actions. Not so much. It isn't as if she chose to do it in the cafeteria at lunch time.

    Then there's the kind of stupid where you want to see what happens when you do something, and you think it through, but maybe not quite all the way -- because, after all, the point is to find out. That isn't always credited as "true scientific curiosity," but an awful lot of scientists have it and have learned how to channel it. Truth be told, apparently she channeled it pretty well herself. Felony charges? Preposterous. Makes me want to holler.

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    by HudsonValleyMark on Fri May 10, 2013 at 08:42:32 AM PDT

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    •  yeah (3+ / 0-)

      I'd add the kind of stupid where you let your friends tell you something is cool and go all "science!" about it without asking an adult and it turns out your friends were trying to mess stuff up.  

      I was mostly just thinking that if there was going to be a zero tolerance policy for "first offenses", that's what I'd create, not that any particular explanation was at play in this one.  

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