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Saturday, October 13, 2007

"Questionable memory stick" or questionable memory?

Maybe it's time to stop accepting gifts of MEMORY STICKS from Ohio legislative liaisons, Representative Barrett; though it's just as likely that the person to point the finger at is the no-paycheck-collecting intern who had to do all the work in compiling everything for the civics lesson you were teaching. Consider yourself schooled. The upside for you is that at some point you really, really had the full attention of the class.

Lawmaker shows naked woman during school lecture
NORWALK, Ohio (AP) -- A state legislator surprised a high school class when the computer he was using projected a photo of a nude woman during a lecture on how a bill becomes a law.

State Rep. Matthew Barrett said the questionable memory stick had been given to him several weeks ago.

State Rep. Matthew Barrett was giving a civics lesson Tuesday when he inserted a data memory stick into the school computer and the projected image of a topless woman appeared instead of the graphics presentation he had downloaded.

Police interviewed Barrett and school officials and seized the data memory stick and the computer to determine where the image came from, a state highway patrol spokesman said.

Barrett said there were a few snickers from the approximately 20 students in the senior government class at Norwalk High School when the image appeared. He said he immediately pulled the memory stick out of the computer.

The legislator said he finished his lecture using printouts and then met with the school's principal and technology staff, who examined the stick. He said the school's technology director determined the stick had a directory of nude images in addition to Barrett's presentation on civics lessons.

"I have no idea where these came from," the Democrat said. Barrett said the data memory stick was a gift he received about three weeks ago from a legislative liaison from the state Library of Ohio.



Melisa said...

Apparently once you achieve the level of State Rep, you don't feel like you need to check your presentation before you present it.

Or maybe he was doing a presentation at a bachelor party later that evening, and got the two mixed up.

Sure would love to have seen the faces of the groom-to-be and friends when they got the civics lesson graphics...

Kat said...

OMG this is ridiculous. Ok it is weird and certainly emabarrasing to show nude pics to a class of high school students. But to make such a fuss over it and involve the principle and the police and the media...A bit over the top in my opinion. Funny story though.

Jules said...

Damn politicians are always spinnin' their bad press in one way or another...

I'm sure in his defense he said something like, "But I thought I was supposed to teach the high school students CIVIXXX!"

Stacey said...

Who says we don't know how to party in O-HI-O!?!?