Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Packed up and Went home (Laser pointers)
Re: Packed up and Went home (Laser pointers)
Ronald W. Fox
Mon, 22 Feb 1999 22:41:08 -0600
Despite the protestations of the manufacturers, laser pointers, and any
other source of collimated light, are dangerous when aimed at the eye.
While a momentary exposure probably won't do permanent harm, a few seconds
exposure by some Scout aiming it into some other Scout's eye can do so.
I had one Scout bring one to summer camp. I told him that I'd take it on
the first complaint. Two days later he brought it to the dining hall. I
reminded him. 15 minutes later, a Staff member at the next table
complained, and I took the pointer. I held onto it for two months, finally
gave it back to one of his parents, and I've never seen it again. Out here
in the Chicago area, schools and municipalities are starting to outlaw the
things. Additionally, the Chicago Police have let it be known that there's
no way they can tell an innocent laser pointer from an illegal (and highly
effective) gun-mounted laser sight, so if they see a red spot on an
officer's body they'll assume the worst.
Scoutmaster, Troop 69, Des Plaines Valley Council (W&SW Chicago Suburbs)
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