Most Likely to Smoke Weed: Student Lights Up Joint After Speech

By David Goguen on June 05, 2009 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

17-Year-Old Junior Puts the 'High' into High School Assembly

Stoners often use the word "epic" to describe a noteworthy event. And "chutzpah" is derived from a Hebrew word for audacity. If you could combine the two (and you can't, trust us) you would get the only word that could accurately describe the actions of a student at a high school near Tacoma, Washington this week.

At a Peninsula High School assembly, while his peers were likely sending no-look text messages to each other in the bleachers and dreaming up their next clever Facebook status update, a junior giving a speech on the legalization of marijuana drove his point home by lighting up a joint.

The 17-year-old student and his 3.7 GPA were presenting the essay on Tuesday, during a monthly gathering that celebrates student work in the school's English classes, according to the Tacoma News Tribune. When the speech was over, the boy pulled out a joint, lit it, and then "ate the remains," and "was arrested on suspicion of unlawful drug possession, a misdemeanor," the paper reports.

And just like that the unnamed student (let's call him "Todd", because it sounds like a "Todd" kind of move for some reason: "Hey, did you guys hear what Todd did?!") joined the ranks of high school legends like Jeff Spicoli, Ferris Bueller, and a character in High School Musical that must fit the rebel profile (didn't see it).

Let's get the obvious out of the way. We don't condone drug use, or any other violation of the law. But you have to admire the kid's bravado and his passion, misguided though it may be. As one fellow student told the News Tribune, the speech itself was "eloquent, well argued and sincerely moved many students."

So "Todd", we might not pay your bail, so you can let this be a lesson. But we would totally sign your yearbook and tell you to "K.I.T. 4-Ever".

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