Spelling Fanatic Brings "Bomb" to Teacher's Office in Oregon
SALEM, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon official says a man brought a pressure cooker he claimed was a bomb into the state Teacher Standards and Practices Commission office in Salem and told employees he had tried to blow up their sign because it was misspelled.
Executive Director Vickie Chamberlain says the man plunked down a pressure cooker with wires sticking out of it Wednesday and said the "bomb" didn't work.
The sign that troubled him spells out the agency's name and sits at the end of its parking lot. One side is missing the letter "d'' in the word "and" so it reads: "Teacher Standards an Practices Commission."
Chamberlain asked the man to leave. He did, taking his pressure cooker.
Lt. Dave Okada says police arrested 50-year-old Leonard Burdek for investigation of disorderly conduct. Okada says the pressure cooker was not a bomb.