Appeals Court: Safety Pins Taped To Hands Not 'Dangerous Weapons'


BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- The boy came to high school with safety pins taped to his fingers in an "Edward Scissorhands" immitation.

When his teacher demanded he give her the pins, he handed them to her--but was later charged with unlawful possession of a dangerous weapon.

He was adjudicated as a delinquent--but on Wednesday morning, the Massachusetts Appeals Court disagreed.

The court writes: "To sustain the adjudication of delinquency, we must determine whether the pins were dangerous. They were not ... There is no evidence suggesting the juvenile had any purpose for his possession of the pins other than an adolescent distraction from school."

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Carl Stevens reports


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