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Student Shocks Own Nipples, Sues Teacher

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the what-a-re-volting-situation dept.

Education 10

An anonymous reader writes "The Associated Press reports that a New Hampshire high school student who connected electrodes to his nipples that were plugged into the wall, severely shocking him, is suing the teacher, the school district, and the city because the teacher failed to warn him not to do so. Student Kyle Dubois attached a wire to his nipples, cooperated with another student to attach a second wire to the other nipple, and a third student plugged them in. A classmate captured the event on cell phone video. Kyle and his parents claim that he didn't know it was dangerous and the teacher's failure to warn him resulted in permanent brain damage. If I was the teacher's attorney, I would be tempted to argue that there is strong evidence the brain damage was present before the incident took place."

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Stupidity (1)

cygnwolf (601176) | more than 4 years ago | (#33436058)

Maybe it's me, but it seems like the teacher shouldn't have left the kids unattended long enough to set something like this up. Sure the teacher shouldn't be sued for not telling him not to do that, but maybe they should be in at least a little trouble for leaving the students alone and unsupervised.

Re:Stupidity (3, Insightful)

jgagnon (1663075) | more than 4 years ago | (#33437438)

The school should sue his parents for breeding.

Re:Stupidity (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33443258)

"Unattended"? This idiot is 18 The only teachers who might be liable are those at the lower grades who never taught him "electricity + human = bad!" But that really just falls on the parents.

Re:Stupidity (1)

cygnwolf (601176) | more than 4 years ago | (#33448752)

Where do you see in TFA that he's 18? It just says he's a high school student.

Re:Stupidity (1)

jayme0227 (1558821) | more than 4 years ago | (#33456370)

http://www.freep.com/article/20100901/BLOG44/100901029/1437/news05/Student-sues-school-for-self-inflicted-nipple-shock [freep.com]

This one says he's 18. That doesn't necessarily mean he was 18 at the time, but whatever. Even so, if a 17 year old is so stupid to not realize how monumentally stupid this is, well, I don't feel sorry for him, to say the least.

Re:Stupidity (1)

Kuruk (631552) | more than 4 years ago | (#33462350)

He should have attached them to his nuts and done the gene pool a favor.

Who doest know that electrocution is bad ?

Evolution in action? (1)

RockDoctor (15477) | more than 4 years ago | (#33447320)

Sounds like an excellent case of evolution in action - or at least a creditable attempt at a Darwin Award.

The tricky thing is that the pupil didn't either kill himself (was it a him? I've closed the original article) or destroy his gonads, so the possibility still exists of his genes staying in the gene pool, which would preclude him getting a DA. But that can be taken care of with a welding rod and associated equipment, and only a minor amount of screaming and thrashing. If there were any justice in the world, the sued teacher would be allowed (required?) to do the meat-welding.

But this isn't a perfect world, so nothing much useful will happen. Not even stringing up the incinerated carcass in a gibbet, pour encourager les autres.

There should be a law (0, Redundant)

Rhaban (987410) | more than 4 years ago | (#33447434)

There should be a law against that kind of stupidity.

Baffling. (1)

VanGarrett (1269030) | more than 4 years ago | (#33463024)

From the article:

The New Hampshire Union Leader says Dubois's suit contends he suffered permanent brain damage.

I, for one, would like some evidence that the brain damage didn't occur long before the incident.

In all seriousness, why in the hell wasn't this guy in the special ed class? It's not clear to me that a person can make it to high school age, and still regard attaching electrical leads to one's own nipples as a good idea (something to be done, even), without legitimately being retarded. I'd like to stress that this occurred in April, toward the end of the school year, in a shop class, where he'd presumably been working with the equipment for several months. DERP.

I also hope to see the results of this case. I really can't see that a shop teacher can be expected to anticipate that his idiot students are going to play Paddle Machine with the school equipment, and especially when his students are, under law, nearly old enough to take care of themselves.

Evolution in action... (1)

cmdrwhitewolf (580710) | more than 4 years ago | (#33471648)

Well gee, why should the teacher be at fault for the moron's own actions? If he wants to be a Darwin award winner, it's not the teachers job to tie him up in a straight jacket. Perhaps, parents should sign him up for a gun safety class, so he can try again and maybe get it right... Sheesh!

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