Indelible Education: Teacher Has Middle School Student Arrested for Use of Marker

A 13-year-old boy in Oklahoma City was arrested in class in possession of a . . . wait for it . . . here it comes . . . a permanent marker. That’s right, Roosevelt Middle School teacher DeLynn Woodside, 50, had the boy arrested when finding him with a permanent marker in violation of a city ordinance.

According to the police report reproduced by The Smoking Gun, Campos was “writing on a piece of paper, which caused it to bleed over onto the desk.” Smoking Gun reports “Woodside’s Facebook page reveals that her “likes and interests” include the official “Sharpie Permanent Markers” page on Facebook.”
The boy was taken to a juvenile detention center and the police “booked the marker into the property room.”

Here is what appears to be the operative law under section 35-202:

No person may possess an aerosol spray paint container or broad-tipped indelible marker on any private property unless the owner, agent, manager, or other person having control of the property consented to the presence of the aerosol spray paint container or broad-tipped indelible marker.

This is standard language in other states for graffiti ordinances. Of course, this is public property and a school.

Now before all of the civil libertarians on this site get their constitutions in a knot, let me remind you that markers are well known entry instruments to paint brushes and sketching pencils. The stain left on many a good student by these insidious devices is found in prison art classes around the country.

Kudos: Bdaman

Source: Smoking Gun

Jonathan Turley

29 thoughts on “Indelible Education: Teacher Has Middle School Student Arrested for Use of Marker”

  1. Bdaman-

    I checked out your link, but it’s in some foreign language. I think it has something to do with computers. Remember, you are dealing here with an old guy with computer skills that would embarrass a not so bright second grader. At first, I confused PITA with the organization “People Eating Tasty Animals”, but then I looked it up on If you’re ever on that website, be sure to look up “asshat”. If the words above the definition don’t put you on the floor laughing, the photograph will. Anyway, Bdaman, I wish you a sincere “Happy Holidays”. (I am a politically-correct liberal, after all.) In the annual “War on Christmas”, I am a non-combatant.

  2. Bdaman-

    I don’t mind your PITA comments so much, it’s your PITA bread I can’t stand. (You didn’t expect this to make sense, did you?)

  3. I wonder if the Ohio State Tattoo gang got their start with gateway Sharpies

  4. For the last few years I have been calling these things “inedible” markers. To which people often say ‘don’t you mean indelible? I usually respond with ‘ eat it’. 🙂

  5. I recall reading about a case several years ago in which a first grader was having a temper tantrum in the school principal’s office. Somebody called the police. When the little boy would not stop his tantrum on police orders, they tasered him several times. Resisting arrest, y’know.

    Using this incident as an example of what not to do, I tell officers with whom I work if they cannot handle a 3 1/2 foot tall, 45 pound six-year-old without the use of potentially deadly force, they are in the wrong freaking line of work. The same, I might add, goes for a school administrator.

  6. just a thought – a school isn’t “public property”. If it’s a public school, that makes it government property really. In any case, as anyone on a school campus knows, it’s not open to the public as a park or actual public property would be. Entry is restricted, etc.

  7. You can have my Sharpie when you pry it from my cold dead hands!

    When Sharpies are outlawed only outlaws will have Sharpies!

    We live in a world gone mad.

  8. So now what? This kid will have a juvenile record for having a Sharpie? I am overwhelmed by teh stupid. This and the of the diabetic man are so wrong on so many civic and human levels I am unable to focus on one aspect of teh wrong-headedness long enough to do an actual posting.

    Obviously the teacher has gone nuts from the stress and needs to be retired on a medical with all due haste.

  9. rafflaw,

    One would hope that the police could have talked some sense into this teacher and not have taken the student into custody.

  10. If the ordinance uses the terminology “broad-tipped indelible marker”, how can they charge him when he was using s Sharpie. It is a fine-tipped indelible marker. That is why the name, Sharpie! The Teacher and the administration at this school should be arrested for impersonating human beings.

  11. Thanks professor. I know i’m the blog PITA but I do on occasion link to some good stories.

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