Idiot: Student uses Game Boy for Bomb Scare

May 4, 2010 -

With all the reports of terrorism in New York City this week, it is probably not a good idea to place something that looks like a bomb in a school, but that's just what 18-year-old Pensacola High School student Lars O'Mara did. His motive? To gain popularity by getting fellow students out of class for the day. But instead of a trip to the mall this student is spending some leisure time at the local jail and facing a felony charge.

According to Kotaku, a fellow student alerted authorities Monday morning after spotting a device taped beneath a sink. That device, cobbled together to look like a bomb, turned out to be a cell phone, a Nintendo Game Boy and some "protruding wires."

An Associated Press story in the Miami Herald reports that, while the evacuation lasted about only an hour, three-quarters of the students either went home and stayed there or were removed by worried parents. In light of all the stuff going on this week in New York City, you can't blame parents for being a little nervous about bomb threats – real, imagined, or using a Game Boy.

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Re: Idiot: Student uses Game Boy for Bomb Scare

Talk about backfiring. I certainly bet he never expected to face jail time and a felony charge for such a prank. Well he got his time off school but not in a way he had expected or wanted.

Bomb scares are certainly not to be taken so lightly.

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Oh he'll be popular in jail, for sure. :)

 

 

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Re: Idiot: Student uses Game Boy for Bomb Scare

Well he's technically an adult. An immature loser no doubt, but an adult that can and should be prosecuted under the full extent of the law.

That said, I think he needs to be locked in a cell befroe he does something that could have him end up in the Darwin Awards.

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Read this on Kotaku, this story was hilarious.

 

What a waste...

What a waste of a perfectly good Game Boy...

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Re: Idiot: Student uses Game Boy for Bomb Scare

"An Associated Press story in the Miami Herald "

Well That's Just Florida, The most Craziest State in the union*

 

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Watching JT on GP is just like watching an episode of Jerry springer only as funny as the fights

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

Re: Idiot: Student uses Game Boy for Bomb Scare

Considering it's a Game Boy with wires and a cell phone attached, the title of your post should probably be "Idiots: School Mistakes Game Boy for Bomb." To be fair, the student did intend it to look like a fake bomb so he should somehow be held responsible (without being treated like a terrorist), but this is almost on par with shutting down traffic because of a lite brite under a bridge.

Then again, nobody want to be the the person who ignored what looked like a fake bomb but wasn't.

Re: Idiot: Student uses Game Boy for Bomb Scare

Lemme get this straight - this kid commits and act of terrorism, yet you think he shouldn't be treated as a terrorist?  Just out of curiosity, what act of terrorism in your mind does make the person who committed it deserving of being treated as a terrorist?

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Re: Idiot: Student uses Game Boy for Bomb Scare

Think you're mixing fear with terror here. Bit like so many mix like and love and so on. Those various degrees, they do wonder to help speech, you know?

Re: Idiot: Student uses Game Boy for Bomb Scare

Hmmm...bomb threat with fake bomb, and bomb threat with real bomb.  Yeah, that's such a difference of degrees.

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Re: Idiot: Student uses Game Boy for Bomb Scare

I think you just answered your own question.  Bomb scare with a fake bomb is not the same as bomb scare with a real bomb.  Fake bombs can cost resouces and freak people out, but it is unlikely they would have much of a death toll or produce significant property damage.

Motivation is also a factor.  Terrorism is about intent.  His intent was to get some popularity and get off school for a day.  If his intent was to scare everyone that would be differnt.

Should he be punished? I believe so.  Is he a terrorist deseriving of the same treatment as someone who actually tires to blow up a school because they want everyone on edge? I do not think so.

Re: Idiot: Student uses Game Boy for Bomb Scare

You're such a tool.

The kid scared people to get out of class - by your own definition, that's terrorism, whether he did it for the sole purpose of scaring people or scared people for other motives makes no difference.

Look the word "terror" up in the dictionary.  It will surely surprise you to find out that death isn't required to cause it.

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Re: Idiot: Student uses Game Boy for Bomb Scare

I think a couple of weeks on a correctional and being treated like the moron he is should be a good punishment for being so unfunny.

 

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Re: Idiot: Student uses Game Boy for Bomb Scare

Fucking idiot.

Bad enough I just got an email about some idiot "pranksters" planting soda bottle bombs in people's yards in my area.

A prank is only funny if it's not overly disruptive.

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While I hope he gets slapped around for this, I hope they are not TOO hard on him.  This should give him a good scare, but not destroy his life.

Though I will be curious to see how the public perception of this compares to the various Boston cases where the police THOUGHT it was a hoax device but it was not intended to be. 

Re: Idiot: Student uses Game Boy for Bomb Scare

Everyone knows that people these days play the DS, not the Game Boy.

Re: Idiot: Student uses Game Boy for Bomb Scare

That's why he had a Game Boy he didn't want to keep.


 
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