Remember playing “hangman” as a child? Me too. Apparently the popular doodling game now presents a clear and present danger in our public schools. At at least one junior high school in Oregon thinks so, anyway:
The school suspended a 13-year-old student and turned him over to police because of a “doodle” he drew showing a person being hanged, his father claims in court.
Robert Bernard Keller sued the Beaverton Police Department and Beaverton School District in Federal Court. Beaverton is a suburb of Portland.
Keller, suing for himself and his son, B.R.K., claims that on May 2, 2013, his 13-year-old son “was interviewed at his school, Raleigh Hills, K-8, by officers of the Beaverton Police Department regarding an alleged threat of harm based on a doodle that was drawn during class.”
For those who aren’t familiar with this existential threat to society, the game ‘hangman’ consists of your opponent drawing dashes for the letters of a word. You guess the letters. If you miss a letter, your enemy draws one part of the hanged man (you) until the picture is complete. Consider it a deadly version of ‘Wheel of Fortune.’
An example of a hangman picture follows below. You might want to brace yourself and avert the children’s eyes. Ready?
Kudos to the Beaverton School District and Police Dept. for apprehending this potential criminal before it was too late. Who knows? His next move might have been to chew a Pop-Tart into a gun — just like that dangerous 7-year-old boy did in Maryland last year.