School Busts 5th Grader For Organizing NCAA Tourney Pool

OMAHA, Neb. (CBS Houston) — An elementary school plays bracket buster to one fifth grade boy.

Columbian Elementary in Omaha shut down an NCAA tournament pool put together by 11-year-old Max Kohll, the Omaha World-Herald reports.

“I got in trouble because I was filling out a bracket with my friends and we bet money,” Kohll told the World-Herald. “We each brought $5 each.”

When Kathy Nelson, the school’s principal, found out about the pool, she put an immediate stop to it and called Kohll’s mother about the situation. Janet Kohll was quite amused at what her son did.

“My policy has always been you get in trouble at school, you get in twice as much trouble at home, but this was just too funny,” she told the paper.

Max did not receive any disciplinary action from the principal for setting up the pool.

“It’s not ok to gamble,” he told the paper. “It’s like illegal, sort of.”

Max has North Carolina going all the way.

  • Fred

    With the press getting all giddy about Obama filling out his brackets every year, I fail to see why Max had to have his operation shut down. Some principals have no sense of humor.

    • Guarionex Sandoval

      “Some principals have no sense of humor.”

      It has long been my observation that principals generally have no sense.

    • T

      I’ll bet $5 that I’llsleep alot better tonight knowing that an 11 year was caught gambling.

      God Bless America

    • Michael1012

      this is just stupid on behalf of the teacher and principal, gambling happens in all levels of education year long, not sure why this is such a shocker? But yes it is very amusing

    • Emerald

      You got to be a state government run a gambling organization. My biggest complaint with the lottery is that a private citizen would go to jail for doing the same thing.


        Another 5 letter word for Fraud… OBAMA!

      • J

        that would be because the government wouldnt cheat lol or lie about it sigh really not funny when I think about it

    • Fuzzy

      Principal just couldn’t handle the fact that they wouldn’t let him participated.

      • Redd

        fuzzy the principle was a chick

      • Chi_Sam

        Fuzzy – You’re a complete idiot and a total failure, aren’t you? Beyond your odd inability to grasp the simple concept of tense, you don’t seem to know the difference between male and female.

        The reason you are not funny, is because you are very, very stupid…

      • Guarionex Sandoval

        bro: “you failed reading comprehension in elementary school didnt you?”

        I guess you failed basic grammar.

      • bro

        you failed reading comprehension in elementary school didnt you?

      • Uncle Shylock

        Good thing this kid did not follow after President Clinton’s office rituals. Anyone got a White Owl?

    • Spike

      This is not the most idiotic pool bust I personally have seen. I worked for the Us Department of Labor almost 35 years. In 2007 the Barney Fifes in the DOL Inspector General’s office ” busted” an office pool that had been run several years previously. The OIG spent thousands of dollars to shut down the pool, confiscate the handsome amount of $2k, and sent letters of “warning” to dozens of employees, including one who used entered her 5 year old daughter who was in the dol child care center. Fortunately the kid was not cuffed and given the hot-light interrogation. To this day, there is an annual warning to DOL employees of the adverse actions taken on any gambling. Law and order prevails in at least one government agency. Taxpayers should fill with pride and gratitude.

  • Larz Blackman

    Don’t lose that entrepreneurial spirit, kid.

  • John

    Finally someone sees the humor in kids. Mom and the principal reacted appropriately.

    • Mom of Three

      Thank goodness they did not go all Zero Tolerance on the kid and put him in jail or suspend him. Common sense prevailed. Educate the kid on gambling laws. Praise him for use of math skills. And marketing. At some point, he will be able to do this.

    • Vicky Bevis

      My thoughts exactly, John. Frankly, I’m surprised my youngest didn’t do something like this when he was young. Sounds just like him. The kid was obviously a bright student

  • Ben

    How did the principal act appropriately? This is something that goes on in every office across America. Hell, I took part in pools when I was in school. It’s not technically gambling (since the kid organizing it doesn’t get a kickback). It’s just friendly wagering between friends. A typical overreaction, if you ask me.

    • Chris

      It certainly is gambling. Wagers were placed.

      • kari

        so, is it gambling if I two people disagree on a fact and bet $10 on who is right? in a truly free society the gov’t should be staying out of these things. face it, the gov’t doesn’t want any money changing hands in this country unless they get their cut. that is why private gambling is illegal. since it’s done with cash and and out of the eyes of the gov’ts greedy hands.

    • John

      Come on the kids were gambling even though unintentional. Stop the action, point out it’s wrong and move on, appropriate.

      • karl anglin

        Obama has his NCAA basketball picks going!!!!


      • GagMeToTheMax

        Give me a break. Probably the son of a cop or military general like all the other made up events in the news. I can already tell you the name is made up. Unelected officials took over Washington and the media after the coup and cover up. Even most of the comments online are financed with your tax dollars. Big brother is trying to create the perception of public opinion while burying the truth. They think you can’t handle the truth. Fact of the matter is we have no democracy, president, and freedom of press is an illusion.

        Our next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out.

        Search PalinsDirtyLittleSecret for the biggest cover up in world history before it disappears forever much like me.

      • Uncle Shylock

        Kind of hypercritical for our society to allow gamblng advertisments on radio, TV and internet but we call the act “wrong” for just kids. Frankly, we have a double standard. We can’t sit on the fence on this issue. Gambling is a voluntary tax. I don’t gamble so it is a tax benefit!

  • Matt Phinish

    No disciplinary action! That’s amazing. In this day and age they seem to suspend / expel people for everything.

  • J.g

    For the record, its not illegal as long as he doesnt take a cut…

    • Matt Phinish

      That may be true in Nebraska but it depends, I think, on the the state. If I’m not mistaken, in Oklahoma, they are only too happy to arrest you for it.

  • bob.marley

    Meanwhile in a school near you, a child is being molested by a teacher….. Go figure….

    Yeah, I guess investigating Fast and Furious is a little more complicated….

    • Mom of Three

      Hey, nothing happened to the kid other than the principal explaining why the kids can’t do this. Very appropriate action….notice something out of order, explain why not at their ages, move on…….next question.

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  • Mike Merryman

    Everybody into the pool!

  • Miles Fulcrum

    Government schools are where the final sparks of creativeness, individuality and the desire to make money are snuffed out. Get your children away from the degenerates that call themselves, educators.

    • David Maxwell

      Spot on my friend and precisely why I pulled my daughter out of the public indoctrination system. Why, because I believed learning calculus is more important than knowing how to put a condom on a vegetable. In 2005 our state superintendent of schools, Jack McConnell, requested 3.5 billion dollars to train California teachers to teach 1st year algebra. My grandson, who attends private school in Scotland, will graduate with a year of algebra, a year of Latin, and a year of French. He’ll be graduating from the sixth grade (form 8). At the ripe old age of 12, he’ll be more qualified than your average public school teacher. That’s the difference.

      • Vicky Bevis

        I too would home school my kids if they were young now. BTW, MY public H.S. , one of the best consistantly over the years in our State, offered 4 years of French, 4 years of Spanish, & FOUR YEARS OF LATIN when I was there in the early 60’s. This was about the time when SATS/ACTS peaked..

        Compare that to what ls offered today, half of which is remedial!

    • marg1

      Great comment. You nailed it.

      • Miles Fulcrum

        @marg1 I admit to being influenced by one of the best …

        “The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed a standard citizenry, to put down dissent and originality” ~ H. L. Mencken

  • Murray Mothbard

    “A Price, for a Chance, to win a Prize” Gambling.

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  • beentothecountyfair

    How many of the teachers, aides, kitchen help, and janitors at this same school are doing the same thing at work?? Hummmmm……. I remember when I was in HS [long, long ago..when there was still common sense] there was a secret, quiet group of students and teachers who, when time allowed during the day, would go into a darkened room to watch the NCAA tourney. No problems arouse. Good God, now days suspensions and firings would fire off like the 4th of July. Should the student be allowed to run a pool? No. Should he be suspended with a permanent blot on his record? Please……………

  • harry

    It looks like Omaha has a new Oracle.

  • David Baker

    Everyone knows you can’t gamble, except when you can; it’s the law. And we should respect the law. Because we’re a nation of laws – so many laws no one can keep count. Which means that everything you do, or don’t do, is against the law – punishable by imprisonment and/or fine, or both.

    • Snæbjörn

      And that means what? Politicians are constantly ripping us off and NOTHING is done to them. A nation of laws..what a joke. It is only illegal if you aren’t caught AND you follow the party that rules at the moment. Unfortunately, this commie regime in control now is totally corrupt. The Republicans are the same as democrats..they only want power and are greedy thieves.

  • Robert Howting

    For once I read about a school administrator using his/her head. The principal corrected the situation without making a big deal out of it.

    Good for you Kathy Nelson! Sanity prevails over the noise of idiots. That is a newsworthy story.

    • Barry bin Inhalin

      A perfect Liberal response.

  • bro

    atleast the kid has the Tarheels winning it all. GO HEELS!!

    • UNC fan

      Those of us here in Chapel Hill were pretty happy to hear this kid’s prediction.

      Max: in about 6 more years, you’ll be looking at what college to go to. Ours is pretty nice.

      Go Tar Heels!

  • deimos

    next thing you know the kid will be opening a lemonade stand. get the swat team ready.

    • Barry Soetoro

      Not if he does it standing in the doorway of the polling station in November, wearing jack boots, carrying a wooden baton, and blocking whitey from entering to vote. This is allowed, in fact endorsed, in Obama’s Amerika. Eric Himmler…. um, Holder…. approves.approves.

  • jschm

    If he had applied for the permits to get fingerprinted, and background checks from the state, applied for a LLC, and paid taxes, the state probably would have ecouraged it. But the school missed a math lesson opportunity. THey could have used it to teach statistics, fractions, percents, odd, and payoffs. Instead a budding entrepeneur gets cutoff at the knees with the only lesson trying to be taught is gambling is wrong. Of course the state will put up a casino at the drop of the hat.

  • SerfCityHereWeCome

    Depressioncrat women need to be banned from being publik skool principals, as in yesterday. In addition to this mindless, hysterical overreaction to a victimless “crime”, her “remedy” will probably be compulsory cross-dressing of all the soon-to-be-former boys in her school. Without hearing to contrary, we can safely assume that the teachers union mob stole all the kids’ money as well.

  • joy

    The kids got moxy!

  • sam

    This kid was just trying to make a ;ittle cash. He could be on the corner slanging rocks.

  • Eddie

    The real crime here is that he picked UNC to win.

  • Mike in Hawaii

    If that were my son, I’d take him out for a steak dinner.

    • Jerzey Boy

      And no doubt your son could have covered the bill.

  • Chuck

    Geez, yeah you better punish him–he might grow up to be a wall street banker.

    • Robert

      True story.

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