Shocking the Noble Boy: McCain Supporter Shocks Nine-Year-Old Boy with Electrified Campaign Sign

Just days after a McCain supporter in Ohio shot a teenager for knocking over his sign, Shawn Turschak of Chapel Hill, North Carolina shocked a nine-year-old boy after electrifying his campaign sign to protect it. What is unbelievable is that the police will not charge Turschak for this reckless act. In this case, the boy was carrying an Obama sign, but the boy’s father, Andrew Noble, insists that he just wanted to see how the sign was put together and was not trying to tear it down.

Sign thefts and destruction are being reported around the country. These acts are not only stupid but reveal people with little true commitment to or understanding of the democratic process.

Turschak had lost two signs previously.

Turschak insists that the boy was going to switch out his sign for an Obama sign. However, that does not excuse what Turschak did. He hooked the signs into a power source for an electric pet fence. Then he mounted a surveillance camera in a nearby tree and wired it to a digital recorder.

The use of electrical shock without any warning is a potential form of battery under tort and assault under criminal law. Any child could have innocently come into contact with the sign.

What is astonishing is that the video camera would have captured the culprit — as it has for Obama supporters filming misguided McCain supporters. Yet, Turschak took it upon himself to mete out his own hidden punishment.

Electrical fences have always been a matter of concern in torts. They are primarily used in rural areas with little foot traffic. In a city, it would be an invitation for a lawsuit, particularly if bystanders could easily come into contact with them and the owner placed no warning signs.

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27 thoughts on “Shocking the Noble Boy: McCain Supporter Shocks Nine-Year-Old Boy with Electrified Campaign Sign”

  1. You are obviously a hardcore liberal and have no problem insulting McCain supporters that do things like this, while I am sure you would praise Obama supporters who shocked children over a sign. You disgust me.

  2. It’s OK. You can just leave. You proved nothing and I won’t insist that you embarrass yourself any further.

    We shall not be surprised when you no longer show up to post under your handle seamus a/k/a/ Gaelic for ‘James’ ie code for ‘assume’ meaning
    makin’ an ‘ASS out of yoU and ME’…

  3. Hey numb nuts I’ll prove you wrong right now. I am a lawyer. North Carolina is, in my opinion, a “bumble-fuck” state. I base my opinion on the wide spread beliefs and practices amongst “North Carolinians” which are: 1) racist; 2) xenophopic; 3) superstitious; and 4) generally of a “bumble-fuckish” nature.

  4. What the Hell would you know about how lawyers talk??



    Apparently, you’re new here.

    First of all, they don’t make reference to NC as a ‘bumble-fuck’ state nor make obscure references to established criminal laws and statutes
    – especially when it is within their supposed field of expertise…

    Go ahead and prove me wrong.

  5. Art:

    You will find that this blog has been critical equally of people destroying signs of both campaigns. However, you are correct that I am putting the interests of trespassers above the interests of a landowners in electrifying fences or objects. Some trespassers will be child and small animals. In most neighborhoods like mine people feel comfortable walking across each others lawns. We do not have invisible electric fences and hazards that can harm children or others. It is part of living in a community of responsible citizens. I am astonished that you would find the use of such an electrified object to be worthy of anything beyond condemnation in an urban setting like this one. To often in this uncivil political climate, people resort to attacking the motive of such objections rather than address the obvious abuse. I could not care less what is on the sign. This strikes me as a vile and disturbing act — particularly for a man with kids at his own home and likely friends who would visit. If we are going to return to old values (and even small town values), I would hope that it would include an understanding that such traps are neither moral nor neighborly.

    Finally, the father insists that the kids was curious and not destructive in touching the sign. I do not know what the truth is. However, I am certain that there are a variety of people who would touch the sign with purely innocent intentions from brushing against it, leaning against it, or reaching around it. Certainly, I can see children and animals coming into innocent contact with it. This is why a warning for their parents or guardians is warranted.


  6. I am an electrical dog-fence user on my property for two decades, practically.

    It doesn’t affect anyone but the dog. They were trained where the ‘fence’ lines are, when the transmitter was on and had their collars on. Most of the time they don’t even bother to test it anymore.

    I even have wire running along and across streams and under pavement.

    I don’t understand how you shock someone with one of these units without rigging it in a way that is way outside of it’s intended use.

    I think it’s cruel and criminal to do that and not mark the area with a warning.

    That’s HOW I trained my dogs to use the fence. For several days, I had to show them the perimeter of our property via red flags on metal stakes I had planted after burying the wire. I walked around with them on leashes showing them where they could go without potentially getting shocked.

    Unfortunately, they will break through IF there is really something good to get at, like a bear, OR if the transmitter goes off for some reason and nobody notices for a long time – like a break in the wire which happens often enough, surprisingly.

    Fortunately, I have crimps and splices in almost my coat pockets…:)

    Too funny! I love my pups!

  7. Across the street from my parents’ house, there’s a lovely field. In the summertime, it’s lush, and green, and full of daisies and butterflies.

    But because the owner sometimes has cows in that field, it is also surrounded by an electrified fence. There aren’t any signs declaring this, but there doesn’t need to be. It’s someone else’s property, so I know better than to try and go in that field.

    The argument that you have to take the safety of trespassers into account on your own property is a rejection of the rights of property inherent to a free society.

    Your argument that there was no warning is without merit. In the first place, the kid knew or should have known that what he was doing was wrong, the warning of his conscience should have been enough. But in addition to that, the owner of the property had placed bright yellow signs warning of the electrical shock–a detail of the story that you ignored.

    I wonder if you would feel so indignant if it had been an Obama sign. I doubt it.

  8. Hey Patty C,

    Are you stoned!!!?? What the Hell would you know about how lawyers talk?? And who in the right mind is spell checking there posts on this site?????

    Sally is obviously a right-wing crank who thinks electrocuting kids is a positive way to enforce lessons about private property.

    I, on the other hand, am a rigtheous proud American who is appauled by the creeping fascism of the last several years. But…who also thought it was funny to see that kid get shocked. I am a lawyer. My secrattary checks my spelling. And there are all sorts of lawyers who talk all sorts of ways. So pull the bug out of your ass and lighten up. Happy Halloweeeeenn

  9. I gotta say, watching the video makes me shrug my shoulders. I’m highly skeptical of the dad’s excuse and the child wasn’t hurt.

  10. OK Sally (BARTLEBEE) a/k/a Seamus (CMM)

    Gig’s up!

    You may be able to fool your old pal, Jill and a few others here
    – not me. Not from day one.

    Lawyers don’t talk like that AND they DO know how to spell…

    And ‘Sally’ is just a female version of your fake multiple selves
    – without the grimaces.

    Next time READ the article so you can follow the conversation.
    It’s a dead giveaway, otherwise.

  11. Well now, maybe the kid will learn to meaning of private property and no tresspassing.

    Maybe his dad can have someone come over to show him howthe sign is all put together and how it works. Because this is what every 9 yr old cares about these days

    Why, my niece’s 5th grade class actually had someone come in and show them a nice little sign. Then afterwards, they all went outside and in sheer amazement, watched the lady put it in the ground!
    You could hear “Wow, so that’s how it works” and “What will they ever come up with next?”

    The kids were amazed.

  12. O.K., I’m not sure about the law in a bumble-fuck state like North Carolina, but I seem to recall reading something in law school about the general illegality of “boobie traps” on one’s property.

    With Palin and her proxies fanning the anger of crazies at every rally, it’s not surprizing that they’re beginning to drool over the idea of physically harming Obama supporters. Let’s face it. McCain’s sold what ever soul he had left and is campaigning on a platform of “They’re coming for our daughters!!!”

    Having said that, I’ve watched the video of the kid getting shocked and its pretty funny. It didn’t look like it hurt the kid.

  13. If the kid had an Obama sign, then he can look and see how that one is put together. I’ve not seen to many different sign models out there.

    It’s all petty!!!

  14. Shouldn’t the man have the right to protect his property, on his own property, irrespective of how worthless others value said property? Some people take their political affiliations seriously, often to the extreme…

    As long as the man had placed a warning sign stating that “an electrical shock will occur while touching this sign” or some such, then he should have the right to do so, regardless of how boneheaded others see his actions.

    However, in my experience as an LEO, his warning and actions would most likely fall into the legal category of an “attractive nuisance”, further complicating the issue.

    The safest action for property owners’ political sign posting is to post another sign stating “NO TRESPASSING UNDER PENALITY OF LAW” and then let a LEOs citation or the small claims courts system handle the tort if a simple trespass and/or theft occurs.

  15. Seriously, what is it with people and their silly signs? It’s just a cheap piece of plastic and some metal. Good grief!

    I’m more concerend with someone breaking into my home or car than I am about someone stealing my political signs

  16. “He hooked the signs into a power source for an electric pet fence. Then he mounted a surveillance camera in a nearby tree and wired it to a digital recorder.”


    No, no some of these McCain supporters aren’t crazy-they’re just patriots defending sacred signs from desecration! What’s next a spring gun?

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