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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)

RobertP, Lets put some facts together here... Redrover = silly game we all played in school when we wanted to peg balls at our enemy. Obviously in love with her inner child, because they are the only ones who take her seriously. Ms. Woodside = silly teacher with same issues as Redrover.... Coincidence? I think not. Just thinking...if I was stupid enough to...well, this level would never happen in my life. But, I think they are one and the same person. Now doesn't that just make Redrover pitiful? I think so.
LOL! Another liberal amateur psych. cute.
*Sigh*, somewhere out there, a libertarian is putting the last bullet in the chamber before raising his pistol to his temple after reading such usurpations of conservatism.....
"sigh" Oh my! Your loafers must be getting tight! LOL!
PS It must be terribly frustrating that someone comes along and makes you and your ilk look damned foolish. Why don't you do what you normally do when you hear stuff you don't like........ put your hands over your ears and sing la la la la la la?
Sorry, but would you mind very much restating that so that a) grownups will understand, b) So that it makes sense to anyone at all. c) In a way that might inspire me to give a sh*t. Thanks ever so much.
You should have finished school.
You should have finished school.
LOL! Mcgruber the moron!
No genius... read the source documents. Teacher calls cops because the little scamp was writing on his desk with a contraband instrument which he refused to turn over when ordered to do so. You'll have to learn to read before you are qualified to comment on this issue. Now, scat.
PS It must be terribly frustrating that someone comes along and makes you and your ilk look damned foolish. Why don't you do what you normally do when you hear stuff you don't like........ put your hands over your ears and sing la la la la la la?
LOL! Another liberal genius I see. Good job sparky.
LOL! Another liberal genius I see. Good job sparky.
LOL! Mcgruber the moron!
Everyone stop responding to Redrover. He's a complete idiot moron who has about two brain cells to work with. The ordinance CLEARLY states that contraband will not be brought onto PRIVATE PROPERTY without the permission of the owner... 1. This is PUBLIC PROPERTY it is a PUBLIC SCHOOL. 2. The child didn't have to get permission from the owner of the PRIVATE PROPERTY because this fat pig doesn't OWN the property the school sits on. The discussion is over Redrover, you've been proven to be the biggest idiot on the Smoking Gun. You fail at reading comprehension, you fail at interpretation of the law, you basically have probably failed at life in general.' Seek life elsewhere.
LMAO!! Everyone stop responding to bjensen4. She is a puss who can't tolerate honest debate and get's her knickers in a twist. Also, she was home-schooled in a trailer park and is therefore unfamiliar with contraband rules and the authority of teachers. Have a Merry Christmas darlin'.
This ranks right along side the principal who busted 10 young men for passing out 2" long candy canes. He said they could be used as a weapon after they had been sucked on. Apparently that genious never heard of a sharpened pencil.
New evidence that the public school systems are out of control. Every time you think the level of asininity can't be raised any higher, something new comes along! Conclusion: a system administered by degenerate control freaks, who are more interested in teaching kids how to use condoms than in teaching them the history of their country, is inherently incapable of self-restraint. We need complete reform.
The school administration is prohibited from commenting on the specifics and the story you are passing along is one sided.
Sounds like all we are hearing is the administration's side?
Really, based on what?
@Redrover With as many times you've commented about this bold teacher and her heroic aprehending of this obviously extremely dangerous and violent criminal, it seems either A) You're attached or related to this "teacher," in some way; B) You are the lunatic wannabe superhero in question and are mounting a desperate effort to save the sinking ship that is your reputation and/or credibility; or C) You're quite possibly insane and are desperately hoping that through your 1,000 comment effort she'll notice you and you'll move off to live in the Bahamas together in eternal bliss. Nothing against legitimate chubby chasers, that's their thing, but I draw the line at Jabba chasers. I can only hope that there are more people like this lunatic wannabe superhero out there to save us from the imminent threat of writing utensils. Just the other day, there I was walking my dog down the street, when I noticed a suspect pencil watching me from the bushes. Thank God I was already near my house! I avoided a dangerous writing utensil this time, but next time I may not be so close to home. What if the pencil is working with a ball point pen and a rogue eraser? How can we hope to survive this pending doom? If only there was a 500lb neurotic wannabe superhero.....
AntiStupidity, had me in complete agreement until c)...then I threw up a little. Would bet Ms. Woodside's salary (oh wait, there won't be one now) it is her making these silly speeches. She references "source documents" in one comment. Sad lady I say. She has to resort to picking on 13 year old boys.
Sorry, but would you mind very much restating that so that a) grownups will understand, b) So that it makes sense to anyone at all. c) In a way that might inspire me to give a sh*t. Thanks ever so much.
Honey (RedRudolph), it doesn't take a genius to realize that fact...this WHOLE article and comments have gotten your goat. Try another form of persuasion. This one isn't working for you.
Honey?! LOL! As to persuasion, I've noticed that loons like you seem to cling to the she a "meany and fatty fat fat fatty lady". Clever!
To follow up on a hunch - if we look at the demographic data for that school: Latest Data posted 2006-2007: 69% Hispanic, 15% White, and a mix for the balance. 79% Low Socio-Economic 43% Limited English The percent of hispanics is probably larger now, for they typically do not go down. It is very possible that this child was a Illegal Immigrant who did not speak much English and was disruptive in class. This teacher could very well be on the "front lines" in the fight against illegal immigration - using the only weapons she has at her disposal - The Law I wish the federal government would do the same.
So two things follow really. It explains why he would have tagger's tools in school. And, that he's very likely to be self-graduating fairly soon.
There are about 961 students at that school. Divided between 3 grades or 320 students per grade. 69% of them are Hispanic so 221 students. 1 out of every 4 Hispanics are in this country Illegally so there are about 55 students at that grade level in that school that are Illegal Immigrants. The odds alone of this kid being an illegal immigrant are pretty good. I think the teacher knows that this child is one of the illegal immigrants so she was just doing her civic duty. LOL to the self graduating line.
Ahem. I took Statistics, and I have to tell you, your assumptions are pretty out there. That 1 in 4 bit in particular is off. Most illegals don't GO to school.
Thanks. I think that a lot of the folks here outraged that a teacher would have the temerity to call the cops on a tagger refusing to turn over his tools (contraband) are themselves likely "self-graduated" too.
This is a new level of stupidity. Maybe instead of outlawing sharpies and other office supplies, you could be better at enforcing graffiti laws. jackasses
That's what they are doing. Permanent markers are a favorite of taggers. Don't you feel silly now for calling those nice people names?
Hmmmm, Sharpie possession was a misdemeanor...So I suppose if he had displayed a can of Krylon spray paint it would have been a felony??? What if he had taken the can out of his pocket in an aggressive manner? Tasered or Pepper Spray? I don't care what the details are behind this. This ***in' country has gone nuts!!!
Had he been in possession of Krylon, he would have been shot on the spot.
Redrover I suspect you were a childhood bully. Certainly you are now. If you had children you no doubt BEAT them and your wife, IF anyone was dumb enouht to marry you. You have no clue about life. You hate anything that does not conform to your view, that of an IQ equivalent of 61 at best. I would be proud to have you blast me as I would never be a friend of yours.
Evidently you thought a serving of ad hominem drivel would hurt my feelings. Sorry.
Reread the article. The ordinance specifies private property. The school is public property.
Oh well!!! That makes all the difference!
Yes it does doesnt it?
Well my first comment was not popular but I will stick with it. Most middle schools now have resource officers that work in the schools. These are police officers. When a child refuses to to give an item or move from a room using verbal directions a lot of the time the resource officer will be called to handle the problem simply because the teacher or principal does not want the liability incurred by touching the child themselves. It is not usually a matter of the teacher dialing 911 to get the police it is, a lot of times, simply calling the office or using the intercom and the officer comes. Does anyone actually think the parents are going to drop everything to come to the classroom? How many of you wolves out there would be wanting to fire the teacher if she got into a wrestle for the pencil contest with the student? Does anyone think the officer would have been called if the child had just handed over the pen? Most of the people writing in this forum are dammed if you do and dammed if you don't writers. Could it have been handled diffrently? Sure it could have, but you and no one else here knows how many times this boy is in trouble per day or per week or his history with this teacher or officer. Odds are this boy has been in trouble many times before this incident.
"no one else here knows how many times this boy is in trouble per day" Sigh. "Objection, assuming facts not in evidence." When you pick a side and try to rationalize their behavior by inventing false background, you are essentially lying. The problem is that weak-minded people will seize on your lie and believe it. The truth, whatever it is, ends up buried under a mountain of speculation. It's just as likely that this teacher is approaching burnout and the kid was innocent. Remember, nobody has even proved that this school actually has a policy against markers. Until we have that proof, there's no reason to call the kid a gang member or habitual offender. Some teachers try to make up their own rules. I quote: "Girls, don't brush your hair in my class, and I won't pee in the corner". This from an English teacher educated at Notre Dame ! Who also read aloud a private letter from a football player at our school, seeking admission to Notre Dame. He publicly mocked the boy in front of his friends. He had a heart attack a few years later. When informed, his class had a standing ovation. I quote: "No talking in class on Fridays". This from another English teacher, an alcoholic who started her weekend binge on Thursday nights and thus had a hangover on Fridays. She would try to paint her fingernails, and end up with just a jagged stripe down the middle because her hands shook too much. She didn't teach on Fridays or allow anyone to speak.
So if the boy has been in trouble, do you suppose there is a reason to your theory (which btw, was NOT listed at all in this article, so it is simply your thoughts). Lets just say they are valid. So what you are saying is you condone treating a juvenile roughly (because I consider sending a child to kiddy jail for a marker on paper rough punishment) as a means to solve the trouble making problem, if there is indeed one. Seems like the teacher is the one with the issue. Because teachers are human too, they are all as susceptible to human emotions as the rest of us. It is quite possible...the teacher acted this way out of some form of jealousy or as a means to establish dominance over the student. Either way, it would be my "theory" just as your trouble-making is a "theory". You can argue the point of the teacher or parent/student all day. Trying to see things from the other's prospective sometimes is enlightening.
This lady puts up w crap everyday. She wants to control her classroom. Do it, girl. Do whatever it takes to instill proper behavior in these kids. Their parents don't.
She looks like she has been through hell?
right on.
This teacher should NOT be fired - because on unemployment she'll be forced to feed herself and her FIVE kids(?) more fatty, starchy foods thus contributing to the nation's obesity crisis and put even more strain on healthcare! C'mon, this is a seventh-grader IN CLASS - not some ghetto "guest of our country" marking up buildings at 2 am in the morning! If anyone should be fired, it is the LAZY cop who obviously had NO interpersonal communication or critical thinking skills; if so, he would have easily calmed this situation instead of escalating it! And regarding this woman's right to privacy, she is a PUBLIC educator - I hope to give her a call and tell her to back away from the buffet!
Kids? Surely you don't think someone banged this pig?
And did you think you were an immaculate conception?