A Letter to My Dog, Half Pint

This last year may have been the worst one of my life, but at least I've got the world's two greatest dogs by my side to help me stagger into 2018. Today's post features a letter to Half Pint. Benjamin will be getting a letter later this week--he'd never let me hear the end of it, otherwise. Also, this posts features a lot of short video clips of Half Pint being silly. Since I apparently can't do anything right these days, they are exclusively shot in vertical mode. Please accept my apologies (and cut me some friggin' slack).

Weird Crime Wednesday: Surprise blood sugar checks are not appreciated

Boyton Beach, Florida

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, a 13-year-old student at Boyton Beach Charter School got into an altercation with another student that had hit her in the face with a ball during P.E. class. As someone that has been hit in the face with a P.E. dodge myself (courtesy of guest author and podcast co-host Seth Vatt), I fully understand the rage that this girl must have felt towards her attacker.

Her chosen method of revenge, however, was quite a bit farther than I would have ever gone (which was probably would have been a swift kick to the nuts). The student was diabetic, meaning that she kept a glucose meter with her at school to help check her blood sugar level. This is accomplished by pricking your own finger with a spring loaded needle located on the device, which then helps draw the blood used to take a reading.

On the bus ride back from P.E. class (which was offsite), she got out her meter, unsheathed her medical dagger, and began pricking students on the bus. While it hasn't been noted if her initial victims were indiscriminately chosen or specifically targeted, I'm going to go ahead and guess that the first few were made up of kids that had picked on the girl.

After striking fear into her classmates on the bus, however, the attacker became hypoglycemic with rage and power. She proceeded to prick students all over the school; in the hallway and even in class.

By the end of her annoyingly painful rampage, 20 students in all had felt the wrath of a sharp sting followed by mild, sustained bleeding.

As you can imagine, people freaked out a bit. While the tiny needle may have only done a small amount of physical harm, it can also also easily transferred diseases. When you have 20 people all being stabbed with the same needle, this was a very real concern for the children at the school and their families.

Police and health workers are still checking students to make sure that they are okay; a few even got to leave school early in an ambulance to have their check ups done immediately.


Embedded below is a local news report, complete with panicked/angry parents and students describing the attacks.

View more videos at: http://nbcmiami.com.

The 13-year-old attacker (who is not being identified due to being a minor) insists that she only stabbed one student, but the prick marks on many of her fellow classmates tell a different story.

She is currently facing 20 possible counts of battery and culpable negligence. 

...and proves why many school lunch 
cafeterias don't like giving plastic forks to kids.

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