DOCUMENT: Bizarre, K-12

Boy, 13, Busted For Illegal Marker Possession

Oklahoma math teacher in citizen's arrest of student

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Child Marker Arrest

DECEMBER 22--A 13-year-old boy was arrested Friday for using a permanent marker while in class at his Oklahoma City middle school, a violation of an obscure city ordinance.

According to an Oklahoma City Police Department report, the boy was spotted “in possession of a permanent marker” by Roosevelt Middle School teacher DeLynn Woodside. The 50-year-old educator told cop Miguel Campos that the student was “writing on a piece of paper, which caused it to bleed over onto the desk.”

Woodside, pictured at right, reported that the child, whose name was redacted by police from the report, attempted to hide the marker when she asked him for it. Strangely, Woodside’s Facebook page reveals that her “likes and interests” include the official “Sharpie Permanent Markers” page on Facebook.

Campos reported that he allowed Woodside, a seventh grade math teacher, to “sign a citation” against the boy, who was then transported to the Community Intervention Center, a juvenile holding facility. A police sergeant subsequently “booked the marker into the property room.”

A police spokesman referred to the student’s bust as a “citizen’s arrest” effectuated by Woodside.

The marker ban--which apparently is aimed at curbing graffiti--stems from a city ordinance making it illegal to possess spray paint or a permanent marker on private property (without the owner’s permission). (2 pages)

Comments (558)

Indeed? Have you reported the abuse to the authorities? You have been happy to throw this colleague under the bus..... who else is abusing their students at this school? What are their names?!
Or..... it could be that I'm simply not a herd animal and enjoy cow tipping (you).
What an altogether useless law.... clearly ehis teacher had nothing better to do than make sure some popor kid got busted for a supposed 'crime'
This woman is obviously mentally unstable. Something is wrong with her. She needs to be committed to a hospital for an evaluation. ANYONE that thinks this is a reasonable reaction to a child with a marker needs real help.
Here is the email address for the wacked out teacher: [email protected]
>DeLynn Woodside I think I can guess her maiden name... is it Hutt? DeLynn the Hutt? Ahh-ahh-ahh Chewie...
This country is getting bad. Soon, we will not be able to speak out without worrying about getting locked up. The laws here are out of control!
Well when you hire Jabba the Hut to be a teacher, what do you expect? In all seriousness though, most elementary school teachers are barely smarter than the kids they teach. Visit OU/OSU some time and meet the elementary ed students, it's like chatting with a box of rocks.
Allow me to sum up redrover's argument. This person is saying that people have no right to judge the teacher's actions because they do not have her side of the story. The last part of this person's argument suggests that because of the demographics of this school, the student may or may not have been part of a hispanic gang, which has warranted the use of the terms "gang member" and "punk". First of all, redrover has suggested to the "high probability" that the student in question is a gang member, which they have cited as a motive for the teacher's actions. In saying that commenters on this forum have no right to judge the teacher based on her actions, redrover has forgotten to mention that the teacher has done the same thing, judging people without knowing the full story that is, condemning a student who was possibly innocent of being a gang member to the most severe penalty that could be administered for the possession of contraband material. Secondly, It is the role of the educator to enrich the lives their pupils with guidance and knowledge in their exploration for their place in society, not to attempt to put them in jail. What a good teacher would have done is explain to the student the possible ramifications of using a permanent marker and to not do it again. if that student persists, a good teacher would have differed to the expertise of their superior. Keep in mind, the police are not a teacher's superior. Redrover, please try to understand that the actions of the teacher were unjustified in ruining a 13 year old student's life and chance at prosperity in America. we all make mistakes more so when we are young, this is why we send our children to school so they may make mistakes and learn from them in constructive ways from educators out of harms way from making these mistakes in society. No respectable adult will condemn a child to suffer the consequences that adults should suffer.
PS "we all make mistakes more so when we are young, this is why we send our children to school so they may make mistakes and learn from them in constructive ways from educators out of harms way from making these mistakes in society." This is why teachers call the cops. Only a fool thinks it's the school's responsibility to teach your children how to behave in public. School IS society, choose to be a real parent or do the rest of us a favor and have a vasectomy.
so "wise and all knowing person" why do schools exist? are they simply a daycare for children to fart around and become a burden to the rest of society? i certainly hope not! so lets call the cops every time something bad happens, like when a kid runs their mouth off, or when they pull a prank, or when they dont do their homework, or skip class. The cops have nothing better to do anyway. and if only a fool thinks that schools are meant to teach children how to behave in society then call me the biggest fool there is. Only and ignoramus would think that their children act the way they do around their parents as they do with everyone else. i really hope you do not have kids because you should do them a favor and euthanize them. also, why are you defending this teacher's actions unless you have some vested interest. if you are going to comment on this post daily, have some guts and say who you really are you chickenshiat.
Schools are a place you send your kids to be taught academics. Parents are responsible for teaching children to behave. At one point there were up to seven gangs operating in this school. It's not the math teacher's responsibility to fix that problem. As to my support of this teacher being contingent upon having some connection with her... does it follow then that this poor angel is a pal of yours? Or are you really the young punk himself? Clearly you have some vested interest. Have some guts and admit that you are really just a thirteen year old.
Our schools are entrusted with our children, from approx 8 - 3 (depending on your school's hours) to teach these children, help them learn to interact with others, help them learn respect for both teachers and other students (which is why kindergartners stand in the corner for time out for a transgression). Teachers are not absolved of responsibility for behavior, they by teaching children respect of others in turn control their classrooms. A student can ALWAYS tell which classes that the teacher has no respect. It is felt and seen right away. From the first year they start school, all the way to graduation from high school, teachers and other administration DO and ARE expected to HELP teach respect for others. Yes, the parents take a large role in this, but since they are not WITH the children while at school, it is obvious that school administration also take a role in it too. You, lady, have NO business teaching ANY child. You are scary. Oh, and I am the proud mother of four children -- 30 (Executive of a major company, college grad), 27 (sales of desalination equipment to other countries, college grad), 21 (going to college for nuclear medicine -- chemotherapy), and 17 (already planning to go to school to be a psychiatrist). NONE... repeat, NONE of my children have ever encountered a teacher as you (or your "friend"). And we were a military family, that moved often, whose father was frequently deployed thus making me a single mom. oh, my children did silly things in their years in school.. but we've never encountered such an ridiculous reason for such strong reaction. This teacher "needs help"...
I retired from the Army. You don't have all the facts. Nor do I. Which is why I prefer to wait until the rest of the story is told. Not jumping to conclusions is an old weakness of mine.
Only a fool thinks arresting a young man is appropriate action for possession of a sharpie.
Only a fool grabs a pitchfork and torch before knowing all the facts.
Exactamente.... exactly (and NO, I am NOT hispanic, I am Irish, the strong personality type!)
When women say that, it's usually an excuse.
This was very interesting until you got to.... " right to judge the teacher based on her actions, redrover has forgotten to mention that the teacher has done the same thing". This being the premise of your opinion, it brings it all to nothing. The fact is, the teacher is the only person in this discussion who does in fact have enough information to make a judgment. And, since she is a respected educator and paid to exercise her judgment, we will have to wait to hear what her rationale is. As opposed to being led around by the nose by the MSM. By the way, there is presently a prominent news story running today about a model student and school athlete being suspended for the rest of the year for accidentally bringing a small paring knife to school in her lunch box. Or, I might refer you to the 6 year old arrested and taken away in handcuffs in Florida. Teachers are forced to take extreme action these days because adults are inclined to automatically defend their children and throw the teacher under the bus. That being the case, expect to retrieve your progeny from the police station when they misbehave. Schools find that so much less trouble than dealing with incompetent parents.
Boy, you are so mistaken why these very stories have made the news. They have made the news because of the totally inappropriate reactions taken. I mean, do you really think that the discipline of a 6 year old is "news" for the reason that the child is terrible? If that were the case, there are MUCH more horrific stories that would make headlines. No, these headlines were due to the overreaction of the school or district. Read the postings to each and every one of these stories, the public is outraged at the idiocy and tired of it. While the two or three stories, like this one, thankfully don't represent the atmosphere and attitudes of most school. Thank God for small miracles. But lady, you clearly have no clue.
What do you suppose metal detectors, armed guards and zero tolerance represent?
wow. seriously? unbelievable. what kind of grown woman calls the cops and has a 13 year old child arrested (risking their entire future) over a MARKER? that's what alllll of this boils down to. you're 50 years old woman! i hope you're reading this. were you angry that the kid defied you? that would make more sense of the situation, i guess.. get over it, kids are brats. how does she even hold her teaching job? what happened to detentions, visiting the principle, suspensions at worst? shame on you, calling yourself a teacher :( the teacher isn't the most awful part about this situation though (putting aside the kid.) the people making the comments and bringing her appearance into it.. grow up. i'm 16 years old and even i'm not throwing hissy fits and calling people fat :P and i think this is one of the most ridiculous things i've ever seen. "Kindergarten Girl Handcuffed, Arrested At Fla. School"
What... trying to justify the overreaction to the marker and a child's defiance? I won't repeat myself as to what I think of these stories... Wow....
I'll repeat myself though. What do you suppose metal detectors, armed guards and zero tolerance are a reaction to?
Oh how I long for the days when you could take out your pocket knife in study hall and crave your girlfriends name in your desk. That would be jail time today.........hey, I could be an article in "The Smoking Gun".
A great comment and so pleasantly Freudian!
I had to sign up on the site just to comment on this one. . . Being an Officer here in Oklahoma this pisses me off. I understand that the officer had to do his job (could have written a citation as a misdemeanor offence has to be committed in their presence) because the #$&*# wanted to press charges. The good news is that I doubt the DA will even follow through with the charges and drop it. . . The school district should fire this person for poor judgment and embarrassment she brought on the school. And Oklahoma should deport her to California where she belongs. (for our embarrassment )
Officer, first, thank you for your service to the community you live in, our country needs more good officers to secure our safety. Not to be wasting time over such an idiotic thing, the teacher couldn't control her students nor have their respect so she thinks she can bully them by calling the police on them... Too bad YOU didn't respond to the call and put this "teacher" in her place and tell her to GET REAL. Too bad the responding officer didn't take HER in for making nuisance calls.
Teachers call the cops these days because it has been shown that the only creature dumber than a 13 year old, is a parent.
hi! I replied earlier as a teacher at this school. I just wanted to say that anytime something happens and the officer is involved, we have the choice to sign a citation. Like, for instance, there was a fight outside my classroom (and now it's the law that we cannot break up fights...we have to say "hey, stop! Don't fight!" Then call for help....STUPID!!!) but after it was over the officer asked if I wanted to sign a citation on them. Which I didn't because I figured they were in enough trouble already and to have them taken to the juvey place and their parents pay a fine, etc....that was too much. Anyway, that's how it works
Are you one of the volunteer cops that write the tickets at the mall for parking in the handicapped spots?
You're a worthless POS, this is why I suggest to my friends with kids they send them to private school or at least move to a city with decent schools/teachers like Norman or Edmond. Congrats on being a complete failure as a teacher and a human. You suck.
You keep your kids out of public schools because the violence and crime scares the hell out of you sparky.
Redrover are you the fat teacher that gets a handicapped tag for your car just because you are FAT? STOP THE MADNESS, PUT THE CAKE DOWN!!!!!!!
No.... I'm the grownup able to think for myself. Thanks for asking.
Polizei I did the same thing. I have read the comments and I think Redrover is the teacher in question. What a waste of law enforcement's time to be called to make an arrest over a "marker" If Redrover has such a problem teaching at this school she should apply elsewhere. She is has made statements as to how the kid was a gang member and a punk. She is obviously unhappy at her place of employment and should maybe consider teaching younger kids where her control issues can be put to use.
could it be her? If it's not, how would this person know the kid is a gang member and a punk? Hmmm...
Easy. Ever heard of "Google"? Have you not noticed that teachers from this school have posted comments here? And, that others have posted the demographics? Hmmmmmmmm? In fact, in a comment posted by you or another teacher from this school earlier, it was pointed out that this school is 90% Hispanic, gang infested and has a severe tagging problem. Do you think it a character issue or failing of mine that I choose to staunchly defend someone that has been described as a good person and teacher by a coworker or that I might have the temerity to stand by a teacher until she has been proven to be bad?
Redrover, Ever heard of Google. Why don't you Google "Weight Watchers" or "Jenny Craig" Get some help, so that you can stop shopping at Fashion Bug Plus. Gang members hate FAT Women.
LOL! I can tell you think fat jokes are hilarious. Here's some you might like: You know you are Trailer Park Trash when... You take your dog for a walk and you both use the same tree................The Salvation Army declines your furniture......................You come back from the dump with more than you took........................ Your wife can climb a tree faster than your cat.........................You keep flea and tick soap in the shower. ............You wonder how service stations keep their rest-rooms so clean...............You consider your license plate personalized because your father made it. More?!
Redrover your so fat, when you sat on a quarter you squeezed a booger out George Washington's nose......Your so fat when your lesbian lover is finished she has to roll over twice just to get off of you.......Your so fat when you get on a scale, it says "Please one at a time".......Your so fat, you have to carry a microwave as a beeper.........Redrover take some of your low pay you earn from your teaching job and get a tummy tuck, STOP GOING TO DUNKIN DONUTS AND McDONALDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
irishwhitetrash: refer to comment Wed, 2010-12-29 17:16. Kind regards.
Redrover, If your FAT and you know clap your hands. If your fat and you know it and your blubber is really showin', if your fat and you know it clap your hands. Since you teach at the hispanic school you can understand this: Eho de tu pinche puta perra madre.
Clever sparky. I guess this is what passes for a coherent argument in the trailer park.
Your so smart, can you teach me to be just like you, wait you don't know how to teach, maybe we can dine at your favorite food establishment, Burger King and then we can go get dessert at Ben and Jerry's, you can eat a half gallon of Rocky Road and I'll have a single scoop of vanilla, it will be fun just watching you get fatter and fatter and fatter, fun times.
LOL! Can't help you. Though, it's mid morning, don't you think it's time to climb back on your sister sparky?
I just got off your lesbian lover, it is mid morning, it is time for your third breakfast from McDonalds? Your FAT RASH is horrible.
You can't kid me sparky, you aren't bright enough to string together even a semi-intelligent argument. There's no way you've been laid by anyone but your sister. You'd better stick to "fat, fatty, fat!". It's really all you've got irishwhitetrash.
Now that you mentioned it, I sleep with my cousin, my sister, my mother and my grandmother. I thought everyone did this, I am shocked. I am going to have to drown my sorrows in a whole bag of Potatoe chips, just like you do. I almost forgot that I also sleep with Mable the sheep. Is this wrong too? When no one is around I pleasure myself while I look at Field and Stream magazine. And for your information we have a double wide. We are living high on the hog. We just had a new outhouse installed for Christmas too. Do you use Gold Bond powder to keep your fat rash under control? Does the fat under your arms move when a strong wind blows?