Josh Welch was suspended for two days for brandishing a gun at school. It wasn't exactly a semi-automatic, but it did have icing. A teacher saw Josh, who is seven years old, eating his breakfast (a pop-tart) and believed that he was biting it in a way that created the shape of a gun.
Imagine your son or daughter expressed to you their desire to use their love of science to help their fellow man. Perhaps they could develop ways to create energy, food or drinking water, maybe prevent or cure a disease, or accurately predict hurricanes or earthquakes. You might be proud, you might encourage them...you might think twice, now.
You could make the argument that cell phones are a relatively recent technology, and that society is still adjusting to their almost constant presence. Many feel that the constant use of mobile phones has hurt communication, by focusing people's energy on those who aren't present at the expense of those who are.
When Elizabeth Lloyd was hit in the side of the face by an errant throw during a baseball game a few years ago, the catcher who threw the ball, Matthew Migliaccio, immediately apologized for it. Initially, Mrs. Lloyd accepted the apology, despite the fact that the hit no doubt hurt, and she later received medical attention for a broken bone in her face. After further thought, Mrs. Lloyd, and her lawyer decided that the action was worthy of a lawsuit...