Boy Jailed over Daylight Saving Time Mix-up

(forgive me, nice people at Gizmodo, for borrowing your headline — I just couldn’t improve upon it)

This is actually posted at PassablyNews.com:

A fifteen-year old boy in America was incarcerated for twelve days, wrongly accused of making a hoax bomb threat – because his school had forgotten that the clocks had gone forward.

Cody Webb was arrested last month, after Hempfield Area High School received a bomb threat on their student hotline – which provides a range of information to students about the school – at 3.17am on March 11th. They believed they’d found the culprit when they traced the phone number they thought was responsible to Webb.

Unfortunately, the school forgot that the clocks had switched to Daylight Saving Time that morning. The time stamps left on the hotline were adjusted by an hour after Day Light Savings causing Webb’s call to logged as the same time the bomb threat was placed. Webb, who’s never even had a detention in his life, had actually made his call an hour before the bomb threat was placed.

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All charges against Webb have now been dropped.

Of course, as the writers at Gizmodo point out, “Webb will never get those 12 days of his life back.”

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