trying hard for a darwin award.

This month’s winner of the “Dumb Ideas That Can Get Your Ass Shot” contest:

The Israeli teenager who wanted to “test police response in his town” for a school project.  He donned a mask, put on his father’s military fatigues, strapped a big rucksack to his back,  armed himself with a toy gun, and went out for a walk near a busy mall.

The responding police luckily challenged him, rather than shooting him on sight as a suspected terrorist.  He told the cops he “just wanted to get an A+” for his project.

The Israeli police commander of the town said that the teenager in question was normal, and could even be considered “gifted”.  I’m going to go ahead and dispute that assessment based on the available evidence.

You think that Junior may have had a lengthy discussion with his Dad that evening?

Of course, impaired judgment comes with the territory here.  Teenagers are by definition insane.  Boy howdy, am I looking forward to Quinn and Lyra hitting the teenage years.  I certainly hope I’ll raise them well enough to make them understand even at fifteen that dressing up as a Tango can be hazardous to your health.


6 thoughts on “trying hard for a darwin award.

  1. theflatwhite says:

    I visited Israel in ’06. It isn’t young people carrying real guns that is a shocking site. I even saw civilian rifleman bringing up the rear of a train of grade schoolers – field trip.

    But throwing on a mask? Yea that’s dumb. It’s certainly in the top five list of things NOT to do in an Israeli shopping area.

  2. theflatwhite says:

    Perhaps just as important, this anecdote contradicts the “trigger happy Israeli occupier” stereotype/lie propagated by Hamas and the UN (may they burn in hell). That this young man isn’t in some sarcophagus is a testament to Israeli restraint.

  3. victoria says:

    I’ve seen so many troubled kids labeled ‘gifted’, it makes me really question the designation.
    by the same standard, we could label stalin, hitler, manson, as ‘gifted’. it’s ridiculous.
    being troubled and sociopathic does not a gifted student.

  4. Jay G. says:

    I wouldn’t necessarily rule out the student being gifted – one look no further than one Star Simpson, she of the MIT lineage (no slouches in the intellect department there) who thought it would be a good idea to go to Logan Airport with a flashing electronic device hung around her neck and a chunk of Silly Putty in her hands…

    Don’t forget – quite often the “gifted” students are the ones most likely to be lacking in the “common sense” department…

  5. Matt says:

    Kudos to the Israeli police for that one. They would have been perfectly justified in shooting him stone cold dead if the muzzle of his “toy” even twitched. As I recall, civilians were allowed to carry full-autos openly specifically to deal with terrorists who decided shooting up malls was a good idea. They stopped doing it and switched to suicide bombs when the civilians started shooting back and turning them into “Martyr Allah Swiss”.

    Dumb kid had an awful lot of luck hanging over his head that day. If it had been my son, he’d have wished the police had shot him.

    Intelligence and common sense aren’t necessarily traits that go together.

  6. Weer'd Beard says:

    He missed that great line from “Munich”

    “Don’t fuck with the [Israeli] Jews”

    Words to live by!

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