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Deadly weapon charge? Given the results, yes.

Original post made by Crescent Park Dad on Mar 7, 2012

OK the other thread is locked.

The are a few people who are complaining about a stapler being declared a deadly weapon. Thinking it's funny. Ask the kid who was knocked unconscious if he thinks it's funny...

First - the police will always go for the highest level charge. The charge can always be reduced.

Second - the stapler was used to inflict lacerations.

Third - the stapler knocked another victim unconscious.

No different than using a brick if you think about it.


As for discipline at the school - they have their long-standing rules regarding this type of behavior. It has nothing to do with race. If you attack 2 people, inflict bodily harm, knock another unconscious and then subsequently charged with assault - typically you're not coming back to that school.

Comments (2)

Posted by Concur, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Mar 7, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Yes, a "deadly weapon" has no exact definition. Depends how an item is used.


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 8, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Hmmm is a registered user.

CPD - the other thread isn't locked, it's just requiring that you log in.

All the facts aren't in. From what the arrestee says, it could be self-defense & it's unclear if the most injured kid was involved or not.

We may not ever know all the facts of the case. It's also tiresome that we're all commenting on race as well. All we know is that he's Hispanic - we don't know if that means he's also NOT Caucasian. His ethnicity may or may not have played a part in why he alleges he was fighting back against attack.

I used to have a teacher who'd throw big erasers at kids & a couple times he threw a stapler. Not acceptable, but it also didn't make the headlines in those days. Boy, how things have changed.

I also used to see a bunch of the football players at Paly gang up on the Hispanic boys. It was awful. When I was the only girl in a class w/football players (not all of them were Cacasian, either) & Hispanic boys, I saw it all of the time even though the teacher intervened whenever it was obviously going on. One of those players has gone on to become pretty famous, too - I gues it can take awhile to reap what we've sown.


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