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Odds & Ends 12/14

In this 2006 photo released by Heidi Farrington, her son, Portsmouth High School senior Patrick Agin, 17, is shown in his Society for Creative Anachronism costume in Portsmouth, R.I. Farrington sued Portsmouth High Monday, Dec. 11, 2006, after the school rejected this photo as his yearbook picture because of the school's "zero-tolerance" policy against weapons. The Society for Creative Anachronism is an international organization that researches and recreates medieval history.

Teen is clocked driving 142 mph. while trying to avoid angering parents
VALPARAISO, Ind. — Rushing home so his parents wouldn’t be mad, a teenager managed to get them even madder: He was clocked going 142 mph along a four-lane highway.
    Brandon D. Raap, 16, faces speeding and misdemeanor reckless driving charges and could have his license suspended, police said.
    Sheriff’s deputies stopped Raap’s Subaru Impreza along a rural stretch of U.S. 30 at 12:40 a.m. Saturday going almost 90 mph faster than the posted 55 mph limit, police said.
    It might be one of the fastest speed ever recorded on the northwestern Indiana county’s roads, said Porter County sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Tim Emmons.
    ‘‘Most people’s cars won’t go that fast,’’ he said.
    Raap told police he was late getting home and didn’t want his parents to be angry, Deputy John Brubaker said in his report. Raap told Brubaker he didn’t have a curfew but is usually home by midnight.
    Brubaker didn’t arrest Raap, but told him to drive straight home and call him within an hour. Raap’s mother, Cindy Raap, called instead and Brubaker told her what happened.
    The Associated Press left a message with Raap’s parents at their home in Valparaiso seeking comment.
    ‘‘Kids sort of have tunnel vision,’’ Emmons said. ‘‘They’re so concerned with not getting yelled at or grounded, they place other people’s lives in jeopardy.’

Mothers sues school after school denies yearbook picture
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The mother of a high school senior who posed in chain mail with a medieval sword for his yearbook picture has sued after the school rejected the photo because of its ‘‘zero tolerance’’ policy against weapons.
    Patrick Agin, 17, belongs to the Society for Creative Anachronism, an international organization that researches and recreates medieval history. He submitted the photo in September for the Portsmouth High School yearbook.
    But the school’s principal refused to allow the portrait as Agin’s official yearbook photo because he said it violated a policy against weapons and violence in schools, according to a lawsuit filed Monday by the Rhode Island branch of the American Civil Liberties Union.
    The lawsuit seeks an order that would prevent the yearbook from being published without Agin’s original senior portrait.
    ‘‘He doesn’t see it as promoting violence,’’ Agin’s mother, Heidi Farrington, said Tuesday. ‘‘He sees it just as a theatrical expression of the reenactment community that he’s involved in right now.’’

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