Today's award goes not to the "victim" of his own stupidity, but to his father, who seems to have aided and abetted teenage dumbassery so thoroughly as to permanently maim his son.
A student who lost both thumbs after his homemade explosive went off in a high school classroom has been released from a hospital, police in western Michigan said Wednesday.
The 16-year-old boy was suspended and will likely face expulsion proceedings in the Newaygo school district, Newaygo police said.
The teen brought a homemade explosive to Newaygo High School and accidentally detonated it Monday, injuring himself, four other students and a teacher, police said.
The boy lost both thumbs, Newaygo County prosecutor Worth Stay said.
The boy's father was charged Tuesday with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and manufacture or possession of a Molotov cocktail after police searched his home.
There's more at the link.
One expects teenagers to do dumb things from time to time. It's a rite of passage as they grow up. We've all done it. But . . . for a father to aid and abet that stupidity, either through direct assistance, or by keeping the ingredients for it readily available at home without any effort to secure them against children or teenagers? That's just plain daft!
I have to say, that sort of stupidity is more widespread than I want to admit. I know of several homes where reloading equipment for ammunition is stored openly on a workbench, including canisters of propellant - to say nothing of firearms and ammunition as well. I know of homes where powerful fireworks - not just the low-end stuff with which we're all familiar, but big devices like mortars and shells - are stored without any security at all. Every year we read of people being injured or killed by fireworks, or shot while hunting because someone shot at movement without checking what was causing it, or other stupidities like that. I wonder how many fireworks are taken to school by students who got them from their family's unsupervised stash?
In this case, I wonder whether a suitable punishment might be to amputate the father's thumbs, so he can experience for himself how his son will be spending the rest of his life? At least other parents might take warning from such a penalty!