Oregon Man Threatens to Blow Up Misspelled Sign
The sign in question is outside the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission in Salem, Oregon. A 50-year-old local man, Leonard Burdek, turned up at the office sometime after 9.00 a.m. on Wednesday carrying a pressure cooker with wires sticking out of it, set the ‘bomb’ down on the counter and informed the receptionist that he’d tried to blow up the incorrect sign.
"He walked quite confidently into our office as though he had a mission," Vickie Chamberlain, the commission's executive director, told the Statesman Journal. "That was what alarmed me right off the bat."
Once confronted, Burdek complained the “instructions he downloaded to make the device also were misspelled”, implying that Chamberlain and her staff “should be concerned about the level of education children receive given that his instructions were rife with errors”.
The sign in the parking lot appears to be missing the letter "d," so it reads, “Teacher Standards an Practices Commission.” Chamberlain told the paper "it’s possible that someone scraped the letter off or it wore off over time." The opposite side of the two-sided sign is not misspelled.
Burdek was arrested a little later and charged with disorderly conduct once police had worked out it wasn’t a bomb. Although in light of the Boston bombings, it’s a bit insensitive. “It looks like he was just trying to get attention,” Salem Police Lt. Dave Okada said.
The office is where individuals go to fill out an application for a teachers license, so I guess they would be ultimately responsible for the level of education in the State of Oregon — wouldn’t you think they’d be better at spelling? Or at least think about getting it fixed?
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