Well, it would appear that a 14 year old student decided to try it out. And took it to school. Where he was arrested. No way to know for sure if the student in question found the instructions through BB, but the timing is intriguing.
A school resource officer says the makeshift device was potentially capable of producing a 600-volt shock.
The student has been charged with possession of a dangerous weapon on school grounds, attempted assault and breach of peace.
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
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