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What Are the Odds?

“It was a complete coincidence,” says Montgomery County police spokesman Capt. Paul Starks. “He didn’t know it was his teacher until the crime started.” But indeed, a student from Washington, D.C.’s Woodrow Wilson High School carjacked his own teacher, police say. The unnamed teacher was in her SUV when her door flew open and she was told, “Move over.” Then the passenger door opened, and her student had allegedly opened it. “The victim immediately recognized the second subject.” She was driven to a bank and forced to withdraw money from an ATM. The man driving was identified as the boy’s uncle. After the boy got out, the uncle demanded sex from the teacher. “The victim refused, and a physical struggle ensued inside the vehicle.” She grabbed the car’s keys and ran, and only then realized she had been stabbed. Because she recognized her student — who greeted her, police say — officers were able to quickly apprehend the suspects. A student carjacking a teacher is “more probable than you might originally think,” says Prof. Mary W. Gray, chair of the department of mathematics and statistics at American University. “It’s something closer to 1 in 1,000 versus 1 in 100,000.” (RC/Washington Post) ...Well, let’s clarify that: a high school student carjacking a teacher: 1 in 100,000. A student at a D.C. high school doing it: closer to 1 in 1,000.
Original Publication Date: 16 May 2010
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 16.

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