Blinding Laser

True-crime research, novel writing research, and updates.

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ROBIN LYONS, AUTHOR WEBSITEBLOG POST #249: Blinding Laser

You hear about people pointing lasers at airplanes on the news, but then the story falls into the internet abyss. I’ve never noticed follow-up stories.

Shining a laser at an aircraft is a federal crime—everyone knows it’s a no-no. In 2019, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recorded 6,136 laser incidents. The highest number occurred in December—608. That’s an average of almost twenty per day! Read More

Restless Teen

True-crime research, novel writing research, and updates.

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Robin Lyons, Author True-Crime ResearchWhile schools have been closed due to COVID-19, state and federal judicial systems are continuing to deliver sentences for crimes related to schools.

BLOG POST #231: This week, I’m sharing research on a true-crime involving a bored teenager.

Small towns make restless teenagers, especially in the summer, when schools aren’t in session. I get it—I was a bored teen growing up in a small, rural town. But destructive acts are not the answer.

Male body parts, racial slurs, swastikas, ‘88’ (a Hitler reference), and obscene comments about a woman were painted on local schools. The racial slurs bumped the misdemeanor crimes to hate crimes—felonies. Read More

Mother of the Groom

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True-crime research, novel writing research, and updates. Posts about real school tragedy, crime, and/or events can be upsetting.

We’ve all been approached by a relative or neighbor child about purchasing something for a school fundraiser. Schools are forced to be creative in finding other sources of revenue because they are underfunded by the state and federal government.

When you read about a school employee mishandling the money, it adds insult to injury.

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Truth or Dare: A School Threat

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Posts about real school tragedy, crime, and/or events can be upsetting.

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BLOG POST #204: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a school threat.

Has your child’s school gone into lock-down mode because of a threat made against their school?

More and more, you hear about arrests for making threats. Kids make bold statements on social media. Other kids who’ve seen a threat are starting to become whistleblowers and it’s making a difference.

In the eyes of the law, it doesn’t matter if the threat is credible, retaliatory or a prank, it’s against the law.

When someone called the middle school and left a message threatening to kill everyone at the school on the first day back after the summer break, the police took the threat very serious.

They did a sweep for explosive devices at the middle school, and they increased the police presence at the school.

Two men suspected to have made the threats were apprehended. The police arrested both men. No evidence was found to substantiate the threat.

Dumb Stunt

It was reported, the two men had been playing ‘truth or dare.’ As a result, one called the school and left a threatening message.

The District Attorney’s office charged one of the men with obstructing a public officer, a misdemeanor.

The man who’d placed the threatening call later pleaded guilty to creating a terrorism hoax, which is a felony. He received a two-year prison sentence for his phone call prank. Upon his release, he’ll have three years of probation.

What are your thoughts about this case? Join the conversation on the website. We talk about the sensitive subject of crimes occurring at or connected to schools.

Do you know of a school crime you’d like to share? Email me so we can discuss the details.

Thanks for reading!

-Robin

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Source: Norman Police Department Press Release, The Norman Transcript, CBS Oklahoma’s Own News 9

Open Meeting Law

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Posts about real school tragedy, crime and/or events can be upsetting.

Recently, Los Angeles school teachers went on strike for better wages and working conditions. This made me think about the Louisiana teacher who at a board meeting in 2018, asked why the superintendent should have a salary increase when teachers hadn’t seen a raise in nearly ten years.

She was interrupted and ejected from the meeting, then arrested for Willful Disobedience. Do you remember this story? If not, here’s the post from April 2018: Willful Disturbance

I wondered if anything new had transpired since I wrote the original post. In researching, I found a lot had happened and decided it was worthy of an update.

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