MILL VALLEY made national news again recently when an "anonymous tipster" complained to the Tamalpais Union High School District and the Marin County District Attorney's office about physics teacher David Lapp's use of a rifle to demonstrate the physics of motion in the classroom.
While the district attorney's office has stated it will not take the case, the physics demonstration has been banned by the school district in spite of support for the teacher by Tamalpais High School Principal Chris Holleran.
The harassed Mr. Lapp, beloved physics teacher at Tamalpais High, has been performing the rifle demonstration with his .30-caliber M1 carbine in the classroom without incident and with proper approval from school officials since 1992. He fires the Korean War-era rifle at close range through a wooden block, which is suspended from the ceiling.
Students take measurements of the lateral and upward movement of the block and calculate the velocity of the bullet.
The story goes downhill from there. Go take a read.
Cadets at West Point once hung a sign from the barracks, reading "Guns don't kill people. Physics kills people." I wonder how they feel about that in Marin Country.