Sunday, July 26, 2009

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know you Needed

Assistant principal told to stop unusual form of punishment
Catholic school nuns used to have a reputation for wrapping knuckles with rulers, and some hard-line principals hang paddles with holes in them on their office walls.
But toe popping?
This unique way to get the attention of wayward students appeared to be a favorite of a King High School assistant principal, although whether it is considered corporal punishment is up for debate.
Five students told authorities they had their toes popped by Olayinka Alege after their grades had slipped. None said the toe popping hurt, but some said it did feel kind of weird.
The toe popping ended up under investigation by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and was even reviewed by the Hillsborough State Attorney's Office, both of which concluded there didn't appear to be any criminality involved.
In May, deputies interviewed five students and Alege, who, after he was read his rights, declined to talk to detectives, a report said.
Some of the students, whose names were not released by the sheriff's office, felt the toe popping was strange, but none said it hurt or injured them.
One student told deputies he was called into Alege's office this past school year to discuss the student's declining grades and was ordered to remove a shoe and sock, "and lift up a foot and Mr. Alege popped his toes by pulling them out and bending them down."
Alege told one student that, "He could not hit him so the toe popping was a form of punishment," the report said.
The student told deputies it didn't hurt, but the student "felt it was weird."
Fake Cop Tried to Stop Real Cop in California
Oakland police say a man impersonating a police officer tried to pull over a real undercover officer and was arrested.
Police say 21-year-old Antonio Fernandez Martinez of Oakland was arrested Wednesday in the Fruitvale district after trying to pull over an unmarked police vehicle. Martinez was driving a Ford Crown Victoria outfitted with flashing lights, a microphone and speakers.
Martinez, a convicted car thief, will have his felony probation revoked and could face a prison term.
The officer, Jim Beere, says Martinez probably thought he'd be an easy mark to rob.

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