Hint for Show and Tell: It Blows things Up

November 18, 2008

I now subscribe to NPR’s *free* podcast “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell me!” I listened to the two most recent segments during my commute this morning, and heard a story I just had to share. I recommend these podcasts because a) they are informative (i.e. I did get caught up on current events, albeit some were minor and unimportant, but current nonetheless? and b) i did get a few chuckles here and there. I have found it really hard to laugh at comics, and I have no idea why.

The 11.17.08 podcast spoke of this most recent event that took place in Akron, OH, where a kindergarten student brought in a hand grenade for show and tell. Here is the short article from The Plain Dealer Reporter:

AKRON — A kindergartner here wowed more than his classmates today when he brought a hand grenade to show-and-tell, fire officials said.

The 5-year-old stood before curious classmates at Seiberling Elementary School on Brittian Road and asked them to guess what he had in his bookbag.

His clue was that the object could blow things up, said Akron schools spokeswoman Karen Ingraham.

The teacher grabbed the bag and saw the hand grenade. She alerted the principal who called out police and fire officials.

The school was evacuated until fire officials determined the hand grenade was a “dummy” that looked real but was no longer activated, said Fire Department Spokesman John Gordon.

Such dummy grenades can be bought at army surplus stores.

Ingraham said the student’s parents were alerted. Schools officials will determine whether the child will face any disciplinary action but Ingraham said considering his young age she doubted there was any criminal intent in his actions.

Students returned to classrooms today.

Not that we should joke about bombs in schools these days, but I just had to laugh. I would give anything to see the faces of the teacher and the school admins when this student pulled it out of the bag. And whatever happened to the days when children ran by their parents what they were bringing to show and tell? Or, God forbid, was this suggested by a parent? It does smell like something an older sibling might suggest.

I racked my brain to try and remember what I brought in for show and tell, and I honestly do not remember! Maybe a stuffed animal or a random Barbie (or Ninja turtle, depending on the year) but nothing sticks out in my head.

What about you?

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2 Responses to “ Hint for Show and Tell: It Blows things Up ”

  1. stereocache on November 18, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    i had my share of innocent show and tells but there was always the temptation to try and pull one over on everyone. The only one that sticks out to me though was me trying to take my brother in. I think I had him firmly shoved in my backpack before i was discovered.

  2. revisingproust on November 19, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    I’m with you – WWDTM – is one of the few shows that makes me LOL (…yes, all podcasts, television shows included)

    My commute is too short to enjoy anything (7 minutes, 2 neverending elevator rides included) but I walk to the grocery store and listen on my way there. People on the street probably see me cracking up and think I’m crazy. It’s ok – they’re mostly drunk bums with pimped out nests.

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