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May 06, 2005

Moron(s) of the Day

From the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

According to a Las Vegas police report of the Feb. 25 event, a member of a group called The Family had challenged 15-year-old Carlo Corado, a member of Sinful Boys, to a "one on one" behind the [Big 5 Sporting Goods store near Buffalo Drive and Flamingo Road].

Chris Medina said students thought The Family was not going to show up, and they began to leave. He, Corado and two other teenagers entered the nearby Dollar Tree Store to buy some potato chips.

According to police reports, a member of The Family, an unidentified teenager, opened the front door of the store and asked Corado, "Hey, are you Sinful Boys?"

Corado said he was.

The two went outside, and the other teenager whipped out a hammer, which had been concealed beneath his shirt. He struck Corado on the skull and back. Chris Medina then dropped his chips, ran out of the store and leaped onto Corado's assailant.

"I saw Carlo laying on the ground," Chris Medina said. "I did whatever I could to get the guy with the hammer. I knew the best thing I could do was to push Carlo inside the dollar store."

Chris Medina said he injured the other teen as he tried to stop him from swinging the hammer.

"I punched him in the face," he said. He was hit twice with the wooden side of the hammer.

Spring Valley High School in Clark County School District expelled Chris Medina because they claimed he “violated district regulations that prohibit students from causing physical injury and engaging in criminal gang activity”. It wasn't on school property. It was not even during school. The “Sinful Boys” is a loose collection of boys that share an interest in break-dancing, not a gang. Mike Craig , the Las Vegas Detective who investigated the fight, wrote a letter defending Chris Medina, saying, “Nothing within the scope of my investigation indicated that Christopher is involved or associated with a gang at this time.”

"The issue in this particular case is not whether a student is a member of a gang," said Edward Goldman, associate superintendent of Education Services Division, which handles disciplinary proceedings. "He had been in a fight after he went there for a fight."...

Goldman said of Sinful Boys, "Obviously, you have a fight between two rival groups, so what difference does it make if they like to play music on the side?"

That would be:

Associate Superintendent, Dr. Edward Goldman
EDUCATION SERVICES DIVISION (675)
3950 South Pecos-McLeod, Suite 1-G, Las Vegas, NV 89121-4396
Phone (702) 855-9765 Fax (702) 855-9760

Congratulations, Ed, you're our Moron of the Day.

Hat tip: Zero Intelligence

Posted by Danny Carlton at May 6, 2005 10:10 AM

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