Petty Crime

NOW CALM DOWN Beware, the Department of Overreaction may have stepped up operations:

--Exercising its "strong no-weapons policy," a St. Louis, Mo., school suspended Lamont Agnew, 7, for 45 days for bringing toenail clippers to school.

--Truck driver Xavier Ocampo was charged with a misdemeanor after cracking open a roasted peanut at a Lincoln, Neb., grocery store. The nut was worth about a penny.

--Texan Christopher Beamon, 13, spent five days in juvenile detention for writing a horror story for his seventh-grade English class about killing his classmates. He got extra credit for the assignment.


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