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I'm not exactly sure what happened -- I don't think the student knows, either. It sort of looked like Kindle suffered blunt force trauma - maybe it got stepped on?I panicked for a second, but a quick phone call to Amazon eased my worries. They replaced it free of charge. My new Kindle was overnighted to us and they sent a prepaid shipping label to send the broken one back.
I wonder how many times they'll do this? I hope this is the only broken one we ever have, and therefore we don't have an opportunity to test Amazon's tolerance for junior high kids and electronics. :)