High School Student Uses GameBoy to Create Fake Bomb

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High School Student Uses GameBoy to Create Fake Bomb

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A Florida high school student's popularity bid ended in imprisonment and felony charges after he cobbled together a "bomb" with an old GameBoy and placed it in his high school restroom.

The young man, identified as 18-year-old Lars O'Mara, constructed the "bomb" using a cell phone, an old GameBoy, and some protruding wires, which he then taped under the sink. A student alerted school officials who evacuated the school for an hour while it was investigated, and about three quarters of the student body either elected to stay home or were held back by their parents in fear of further danger once the investigation was completed.

O'Mara has admitted to the crime, saying he was just trying to boost his popularity. O'Mara won't be the first or the last high school student to end up in handcuffs after a stupid publicity stunt, but he may be facing more than just a simple slap on the wrist. O'Mara has not yet appeared before a judge to request bail, nor has he been assigned a lawyer.

Source: Florida AP via Kotaku

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Yeah... he deserved that.
Edit: Florida instigates sink taping!

Is it wrong that while reading this all I could think was, "What a smart kid!"

That's pretty hilarious. I wish we could see a picture of the actual 'bomb'.

Trying to gain popularity by threatening to blow up the school.

There is a reaction image of Homer Simpson with his eyes looking in opposite directions away from each other which is a result of something going completely over his head on a phone conversation. I feel it would be appropriate here.

Seriously, wtf?

That's both genius and retarded all at the same time.

I hope they scare the living crap out of him... then go lightly, it's a dumb thing to do but surely not jail worthy.

What does popularity mean to me...? FIRE! EXPLOSIONS! DEATH! NOW DO YOU LOVE ME DADDY? NOW DO YOU LOVE ME!

"Hey, I want to boost my popularity! Let me fake an act of terrorism!"

And because it has to be said "Somebody set up us the bomb!"

People don't seem to like me as much as they used to. I know! I'll make a fake bomb and everyone will laugh and laugh and laugh...

Burwood123:
What does popularity mean to me...? FIRE! EXPLOSIONS! DEATH! NOW DO YOU LOVE ME DADDY? NOW DO YOU LOVE ME!

You worry me...

OT: HA! I knew a kid that made a bomb threat. Lets just say he isn't going to our school and most likely any school anymore.

So how exactly did he think putting a fake bomb in his school was going to make him popular?...

I didn't know gameboy/cellphone/prodtruding wires combo could make things go boom (theoretically. Glad no one was hurt though).
And indeed, what a strange popularity boost. Are all his friends terrorists or something?

Down in the dumps? Not feeling popular enough at school? Try new Fake Bomb from Ronco.

Jack Thompson is going to have a field day with this one.

"Video games don't inspire kids to build bombs, THEY ARE BOMBS!!!"

RaisonD'etre:
I didn't know gameboy/cellphone/prodtruding wires combo could make things go boom (theoretically. Glad no one was hurt though).
And indeed, what a strange popularity boost. Are all his friends terrorists or something?

Nope, those do not usually explode, but given the situation, would you personally take a closer look or run like hell? Most people would better be safe than sorry. Now I bet the guy who put it there is real sorry.

On the bright side, now everyone at school knows who he is. Mission accomplished?

Austin MacKenzie:
A Florida high school student's popularity bid ended in imprisonment and felony charges after he cobbled together a "bomb" with an old GameBoy and placed it in his high school restroom.

Yeah, haha, that's the highschool down the road from me.

When I read this I was like "That sounds familiar," and then I remembered I saw this on the local news this morning. Luckily enough, I don't attend it, but several of my friends do.

It's certainly interesting.

"O'Mara has admitted to the crime, saying he was just trying to boost his popularity."

Um, yeah. He totally deserved what he got.

Well that was very clever of him, if also incredibly stupid. How exactly was pretending to blow up his school going to make him more popular anyway?

I'm fairly sure the popularity thing would have worked to an extent if he hadn't gone and said "I did it to get popular".

D4zZ:
I'm fairly sure the popularity thing would have worked to an extent if he hadn't gone and said "I did it to get popular".

My thoughts exactly. This combined with:

"What a fucking twat!"

"Hey guys! I pretended to be a terrorist!" Yeah that's something to boost your popularity, maybe his fellow inmates will have stories of their own.

Freebird.:
Is it wrong that while reading this all I could think was, "What a smart kid!"

Same here, were he not doing it for popularity/admitting it I'd be cheering him on.

LTK_70:

Nope, those do not usually explode, but given the situation, would you personally take a closer look or run like hell? Most people would better be safe than sorry. Now I bet the guy who put it there is real sorry.

True. If I found something like that I'd also wonder why on earth someone would waste a good Gameboy like that :( Those things are cool and endure intense use for a long time.

WorldCritic:
"Hey guys! I pretended to be a terrorist!" Yeah that's something to boost your popularity, maybe his fellow inmates will have stories of their own.

If he can make bombs with Gameboys I'm sure he can make lube and condoms out of toiletpaper and prison meals.

Sounds like a cool guy.

He probably should have used a real bomb instead, though. LOL.

You know, come to think of it, you could make a convincing looking bomb by dismembering an old game boy. An eerily professional looking one at that. Also, naturally, how do you become popular doing this? My guess, actually, is that the kid wanted to get out of class, and when he was caught he decided to go with the first thing he could think of that might get him even a little sympathy.

Intelligence. At it's finest. Really. Excuse while I go rub the stupid off of myself.

Xanadu84:
You know, come to think of it, you could make a convincing looking bomb by dismembering an old game boy. An eerily professional looking one at that. Also, naturally, how do you become popular doing this? My guess, actually, is that the kid wanted to get out of class, and when he was caught he decided to go with the first thing he could think of that might get him even a little sympathy.

I can't see how that would work. I made a bomb feel bad for me.

Boost his popularity...? At what point in the thought process did making a bomb and bringing it to school seem like a good idea?

But it looks like... *puts on shades* ....it's game over for him... YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

Freebird.:
Is it wrong that while reading this all I could think was, "What a smart kid!"

Yeah, probably, unless you meant it sarcastically. :p

Well, unless he gets extremely lucky, this kid has just signed his life away. He's not going to have a job worth a damn, 'cause oh look, felony. He won't be allowed to get on a plane, because oh look, bomb manufacturer (even if it was fake). Buy a house or a car? Nope... Just so many little things that make up a persons life that will be closed off, or made terribly difficult to access if he gets a felony conviction on this. And for what? Shits and giggles in highschool? I'm all for school pranks, but this is on my top ten list of things you never do. As in absolutely, never should have even entered ones mind. If you want to be popular, go spread grass killer on the football field so it looks like a giant penis, or toilet paper the entire school. This, though... you just don't do that.

Contun:
Boost his popularity...? At what point in the thought process did making a bomb and bringing it to school seem like a good idea?

But it looks like... *puts on shades* ....it's game over for him... YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

Hehehe, that made me laugh out loud.

OT: It was a bit of a dick move, however, im rather impressed at his improvisation skills.

Delock:
"Hey, I want to boost my popularity! Let me fake an act of terrorism!"

And because it has to be said "Somebody set up us the bomb!"

Damn you ninja!

OT: Well that was just... just stupid. I'm sorry that post was short but nothing else comes to mind right now, just shaking my head at how damn stupid this kid was for thinking making a fake bomb in school would be a good idea.

Contun:

But it looks like... *puts on shades* ....it's game over for him... YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

You sir, are awesome and I thank you for making me laugh at this.

I've put a bomb in the escapist "Reply to Thread box" the next person who clicks "REPLY" will explode the the text box on the forum, so the forum discussions will be stopped forever bwaaaahahahahahaha

Hey, I made a bomb threat, am I more popular now? Anyone want to date the Snot-man? ...No? Shoot, it was just some masking tape on my screen anyway that said "Da Bawm!"

In all seriousness, there's easier ways to be more popular, like not being an idiot.

To...boost popularity by blowing up part of your school? ...Thats, a stupid...seriously, what was he thinking.

Well, on a side note...it was rather inventive, just, glad someone caight it

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