Great moments in education

Anti-BB gun project deemed too dangerous

Two eighth-graders who spent months working on a science project to prove how dangerous BB guns can be were disqualified from the state middle school science fair. The reason for the dismissal: BB guns are too dangerous.

As a kid, I played with bb guns, rode my bicycle at breakneck speeds down steep hills with no helmet, and set off firecrackers, including cherry bombs, whenever I could. I do not recall anyone ever getting hurt, except for the odd scraped knee or two.