Teen accused of lighting fireworks at Ballston Spa High

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A 17-year-old is accused of throwing firecrackers into a crowd of students in the cafeteria at Ballston Spa High School Thursday morning.
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rushme

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#72
Nov 28, 2009
 
just imagine your related to daniel, how would you handle the circumstance?
Daisy

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#73
Nov 28, 2009
 
rushme, I'd hire the best law firm money could buy -- not some recent graduate -- and forget about suing the school - it amounts to suing a city or township - you cannot win - it doesn't matter if one is in the right, you cannot fight city hall - period - and you cannot come up against the teacher's union and expect to win - it will not happen. Get a very good law firm - beg, borrow - don't steal - but pay the money and have Daniel pay it back on an installment plan - with interest.

Here's how to save money on legal fees: LISTEN to what your lawyer says; take notes; ask only important questions - your lawyer is not a priest or therapist - don't treat him/her like one (unless you feel like throwing away around $300 per hour on someone who is not equipped as a therapist) go to a therapist (insurance co-pay will be about $60 per hour) or spiritual counselor (often free) if you need counseling - don't cry on your lawyer's shoulder- you'll be charged for that time.

Good luck.
rushme

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#74
Nov 29, 2009
 
this is a rather rare case to face in any court, if he came from rich parents. i saw that their working citizens trying to exist. they most likely would have suspended him, this will most likely HAPPEN. YOU CAN`T charge a student like they do on the streets. this happened in his senior yr in a cafeteria not classroom.
rushme

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#75
Nov 29, 2009
 
daniel berger will get the last laugh in this monumental headache teenagers last gasp to show he belongs to ballston spa high school. look out their most likely are more jubilant students from this high school.
Daisy

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#76
Nov 29, 2009
 
rushme, I wish you were right - but in fact, every day in this country the police are brought into schools to handle completely ordinary disciplinary matters. For God's sake, they have hauled kindergarten students off on sexual harrasment charges! I'm not kidding. Google this: 10 year old tazered because she refused to take a shower. Guess who called the police? Guess who ordered the cop to taze the girl when she refused to be brought into the shower - by the police!!!!--??? If you guessed her mother, you'd be correct. After the police tazed her, they took her off to a juvinal correction facilty. Yup. For not showering that evening and for having a lowlife for a mother.

Daniel may or may not have decent parents .. I have no idea .. but the fact is that our culture has become promiscuous and harsh at the same time - I hope his parents get him a very good lawyer. You are 100% correct that he would never have to face legal consequences if his parents had money - I have money and know that it's simply true. At one time, you could count on better behavior from people who had lots of money than from those that didn't have money. That's no longer true, but, fair or not - we can afford better lawyers.
rushme

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#77
Nov 30, 2009
 
this state once had oneidas-onondagas-cyugas-senek as-iroquois. it looks like there returning with the indians at the gas pumps. this state is the last state to have a life, just take a ride and see for yourself. if i were daniel`s parents after case i would RELOCATE not telling where. so long!
rushme

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#78
Nov 30, 2009
 
july fourth this would have been a laughing matter, senior its a fun time to plan for future with some noise. i think there is more to this to get mr.berger than the noise.
rushme

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#79
Nov 30, 2009
 
what race is the berger`s? origin? history? i think people should do more research on this dilema. a vindeta or creeping revenge is a senerio of most teachers on a cigarete BREAK. the reason for police the accusers can hide on school grounds and laugh!
rushme

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#80
Nov 30, 2009
 
this is a coffey-jones-cuomo-cade-recent law graduate with honors CASE. this also needs a change of VENUE. to much over-kill on a SEVENTEEN YR OLD.
steve

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#81
Dec 5, 2009
 
wow
what a load of crap
tell the kid what he did was wrong and get over it
it wasnt a bomb or a gun or anything like that
have you ever heard of someone who has gotten their finger blown off by a firecracker?
rushme

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#82
Dec 6, 2009
 
community work, case dismissed. your dealing with a school incident that didn`t injure because that wasn`t the intention. classmates,teachers who knew daniel should speak-up on this matter. i can remember worse incidents in other schools columbine-VT.
rushme

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#83
Dec 6, 2009
 
HEARING get over it says it all, this incident could be a repeat down the road the more it drags on.
meghan

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#84
Dec 6, 2009
 
hes a mutant! join the x-men!
rushme

Chatham, NY

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Dec 11, 2009
 
i`m glad its not up to the public to decide this case, a senior in high school. lets review are foolishness done in high school, today is different. remembering no child left behind is the issue, his education is threatened! finish high school with a suspension, is a logical outcome. no-one got violated in this cafeteria.
rushme

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#86
Dec 12, 2009
 
seven yrs in the pen if convicted, this is a case of a student claiming gun-shots being herd in cafeteria. this is why police were notifed, misinterpretation must not be a reason to jail the defendant. suspension allowing studies to continue. my final response on this incident, next.
rushme

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#87
Dec 22, 2009
 
cafeteria incident was taken out of contex students thought they herd gunshots,thats why mr. berger was arrested. thats what happened in ballston high school, now let daniel get on with graduating.

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