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South Salem High School Science Teacher Arrested for Classroom ExperimentBonnie King Salem-News.com
The arrest was as much a shock to students as to the teacher.
(SALEM, Ore.) - A teacher from South Salem High School was arrested at the school Tuesday afternoon.
Sam Dufner is a science teacher, he was arrested on two counts of first degree criminal mistreatment involving students, according to Lt. Steve Birr of Salem Police.
His arrest stemmed from a classroom experiment which took place Thursday, April 30, Birr confirmed.
One student that was in the class told Salem-News.com that the students agreed to participate in the experiment. Apparently parents were not notified.
The experiment had to do with "shocking kids with a frequency machine", according to students; that he used "an electric shock tattoo thing on a whole bunch of kids in his classes, with their permission". Apparently he first pretended to touch a hand, and then the kids agreed to and maybe encouraged the contact. Some students say that the machine left a mark.
Dufner was arrested at the school Tuesday around 1 p.m. and taken to the Marion County jail.
One person commented, "These are teenagers, I'm sure if they didn't want to participate in feeling the shock they didn't have to, this is blown out of proportion."
Still, this is why permission forms exist. People under 18 cannot give consent.
A past student of Dufner remarked on facebook, "He's a really kickass and nice teacher though. Would be sad to see him fired for something silly like that, he actually made science a fun hands on experience."
Lt. Birr said they will continue to investigate, and more information will be released by the department on Wednesday.
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