Australian Man’s Car Impounded; Investigated by Child Protection After Uploading Child Car Stunt Video

An Australian man who filmed himself teaching his five-year-old son to do burnouts has had his car impounded, according to the BBC.

A burnout involves keeping the brake on a car while accelerating, so the spinning wheels burn from the friction.

Mr Alex Dobson had posted videos of his son behind the wheel of a modified sports car in their Queensland home. The videos, which show the boy in sole control of the car while smoke poured off the rear tyres, went viral. The boy was also seen gripping the steering wheel as the stationary vehicle was revved in the driveway.

…Mr Dobson’s car, which he calls his “pride and joy”, was seized by police on Sept 24. Child protection officers have also been notified.

Read more about it at The Straits Times.

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USA Today Columnist Suspended After Tweet About Running Down Protestors

Conservative USA Today columnist and University of Tennessee law professor Glenn Reynolds caused an uproar on Twitter when he urged motorists to drive over protesters blocking a highway in North Carolina.

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He was suspended by the newspaper for a month, and many on social media called for the university to fire him as well.

Read more about it at the Huffington Post.

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Undergrads Disciplined After Freshmen Orientation Misbehavior Went Viral on Facebook

In July, a Facebook post about inappropriate behavior at the National University of Singapore (NUS) freshmen orientation camp surfaced. It became viral quickly, and school officials and the Singapore Ministry of Education investigated.

This month, it was reported that at least 14 undergraduates have been disciplined.

In July, The New Paper reported about how orientation games for freshmen were getting more risque, with one even simulating rape. The report triggered a public outcry.

Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung called some of the risque acts “reprehensible” in a Facebook post on July 27.

Student-organised orientation activities were suspended on July 29, except for several events such as the NUS Students’ Union’s Rag and Flag activities.

This came after a video was posted online showing freshmen being dunked repeatedly in a pond in Sheares Hall. The suspension was gradually lifted from Aug 8.

The matter was later raised in Parliament on Aug 16, when Mr Ong said the inappropriate activities are not widespread, and happen “when staff and faculty are not watching, and when some students decide to deviate from approved plans”.

Read more about it at The Straits Times.

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