AMHERST, Mass. - 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.

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Should the school have banned these students’ BB gun science project?
AMHERST, Mass. - 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.

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16 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Saturday 6/18/05 - 8:00:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
No! It was a project to show how dangerous BB guns can be.
16 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Saturday 6/18/05 - 8:02:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
If they were disqualified because it was so dangerous they should have won the science fair.
16 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Saturday 6/18/05 - 8:06:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
"Nancy G. Degon, vice president of Massachusetts State Science Fair Inc. and co-chair of the middle-school fair, said fair rules prohibit hazardous substances and devices."

The rules were there. if they had gotten drunk to show he perils of alcohol then they would have been disqualified. BB guns are generally banned in schools, this isn't an exception.

16 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Saturday 6/18/05 - 11:54:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
How ironic.
16 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Saturday 6/18/05 - 11:55:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
BTW BB guns aren't too dangerous.
16 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Saturday 6/18/05 - 11:58:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
Well, it appears that the rules were set in place and you have to follow the rules - like it or not...so yeah, I guess they should have banned their project.
16 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Sunday 6/19/05 - 12:02:54 AM EST (GMT-5)
THis reminds me of the video clip from The Rolling Stones "too much blood"; basically they were showing that there is too much violence on TV. The video was banned inseveral countries because it was too violent...
16 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 6/20/05 - 12:59:31 AM EST (GMT-5)
ha lol. no. they were proving something was dagnerous.. ha ha i guess it proves their point
16 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 6/20/05 - 2:50:10 AM EST (GMT-5)
I hate BB guns. I think they're dangerous.
16 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 6/20/05 - 2:50:55 AM EST (GMT-5)
"You'll shoot your eye out."

I that movie...

16 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 6/20/05 - 4:38:00 AM EST (GMT-5)
They were proving how dangerous they are, what the..
16 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 6/20/05 - 10:07:05 AM EST (GMT-5)
BB guns are only dangerous in the hands of a jackass. If you treat a bb gun like a real gun... well there would less accidents.
16 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 6/20/05 - 11:48:05 AM EST (GMT-5)
no b/c someone could set it off by mistake, or someone could take it and do something dumb with it
16 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 6/20/05 - 6:17:05 PM EST (GMT-5)
if the people knew the kids were working with bb guns they coulda said no to begin with?? the kids knew they were dangerous...hence the project being on the danger...
16 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 6/20/05 - 6:20:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
I agreee with Floor Demon on this one.
16 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 6/20/05 - 7:36:24 PM EST (GMT-5)
They should have at least had let the judges check the project before the fair. That way no one would be in any danger at the school. Some people are just way too paranoid.
16 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 6/20/05 - 9:03:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
thats kinda funny.
16 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 6/20/05 - 10:23:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
no they shouldn't have...
16 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 6/20/05 - 10:46:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
How times have changed..... Growing up in Western Nebraska, every car in the parking lot had at least one gun, depending on what hunting season was close. Students gave speeches on aspects of guns with visual demonstrations and no one thought anything of it. How a few can ruin things for the many. . . . .
16 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 6/20/05 - 10:55:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, I think that's an important point to explore - people think BB guns are harmless but they aren't at all. They just shouldn't have allowed loaded guns in the school, but they should have been allowed to do their expirement.
16 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 7/4/05 - 12:27:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
there project was a huge success because they proved that bb guns are so dangerous its not even safe to do a project on how dangerous they are if u get wot i mean
16 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 7/4/05 - 1:16:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes. They're stupid. It's like they were trying to prove how dangerous jumping off a building is. Everyone knows that, don't waste your time. Good job whoever did it.
16 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 7/6/05 - 8:11:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh........... yeah becuz guns r dangerous, and ppl make mistakes, so yah.
16 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Tuesday 8/9/05 - 6:10:47 AM EST (GMT-5)
BB guns are dangerous in the hands of homicidal maniacs and morons, which we seem to see a lot of, actually. Those kids should have found out the rules beforehand, although that's a bit of a dumb rule in the first place. What are they going to do, as long as they don't bring a loaded gun to school? If their parents give them access to BB guns, then if they really wanted to hurt somebody, the school couldn't stop them by banning their science project. Might actually fuel their want to injure or something.
16 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 8/26/05 - 10:15:59 AM EST (GMT-5)
No. I think it was a good idea. Just as long as they did not use the guns while in school, everything should be OK. BB guns weren't too dangerous to those students, because obviously they survived with no injuries mentioned.

Also, the key wasn't to find out whether or not they were dangerous, but "to prove how dangerous BB guns can be," as the story said. Can they kill? Can they pierce skin or bone? At what velocity does the BB pellet leave the gun? What is the temperature of the pellet? How fast can it fire? Is it possible that these guns will cause no harm at all? These were probably just a few of the questions these kids wanted to answer, all in hopes of finding out HOW dangerous they are. The people who banned the project should be ashamed. They could have learned something.


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