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Schoolboy gets detention for using Firefox

That'll fix the cheeky blighter
Mon Dec 17 2007, 15:50

A HIGH SCHOOL student in Pennsylvania has been handed detention for having the temerity to run Firefox in class.

The disciplinary report sent home to his parents and reproduced online, here, begins:

"To the Parent(s)/Guardian(s) of [Whippersnapper]*, Grade 11

"This is to inform you [Whippersnapper] has been assigned a(n) Detention. ...

"Incident Description: Today in class [redacted] had a program launched called Foxfire.exe [sic]. I had told [redacted] to close the program and to resume work but he told me that it was just a different browser and that he was doing his work. I had given him two warnings but he insisted that it was just a 'better' browser and that he wasn't doing anything wrong. I had then issued his detention."

The notice goes on to sentence the lad to two hours detention and detail further consequences to be imposed should he fail to comply - three hours of Saturday morning detention or, failing to serve that, a three day suspension from school.

One can't help but notice that the teacher not only hasn't a clue about Firefox, and even got the program name wrong, but is also challenged as to grammar.

We think the kid should take the three-day vacation from school on offer here. µ

* Not his real name


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