more people to be skeered of!!1!
The headline is kind of inevitable, if depressing:
Teen’s essay leads to arrest
...hey wait a minute. ARREST? Didn't they just used to suspend kids from school for this kind of thing?
Told to express emotion for a creative writing class, high-school senior Allen Lee penned an essay so disturbing to his teacher, school administrators and police that he was charged with disorderly conduct, officials said.
Lee, 18, a straight-A student at Cary-Grove High School in Cary, Ill., was arrested last week near his home and charged with the misdemeanor for an essay police described as violently disturbing but not directed toward any specific person or location.
“In light of recent events (at Virginia Tech), that is part of the context of what happened that makes the reaction all the more reasonable,” said Tom Carroll, first assistant state’s attorney in McHenry County.
School officials declined to say whether Lee had any previous disciplinary problems but said he was an excellent student. Authorities said Lee had never been in trouble with the police.
Well, as compared to Cho, who was evidently a deeply troubled guy to begin with, Mr. Lee was showing, well, nothing resembling a homicidal tendency.
What about what he wrote?
The essay, written April 23, reads in part, “Blood, sex and booze. Drugs, drugs, drugs are fun. Stab, stab, stab, stab, stab ... So I had this dream last night where I went into a building, pulled out two P90s and started shooting everyone, then had sex with the dead bodies. Well, not really, but it would be funny if I did.”
Well, it's no Wodehouse, but even if it is disturbing it's hardly material for bringing charges against someone.
The teacher told students: “‘Be creative; there will be no judgment and no censorship,’” Loizzo said. “There was never any warning from the teacher that if she determined the paper to be offensive, she would then pass it along to the authorities.”
Some legal experts said the charges are troubling because they stem from an essay that even police admit contained no direct threats against anyone at the school. A civil rights advocate said the teacher’s reaction to an essay shouldn’t make it a crime.
Well, he WAS being creative, as he was asked to do. After all, do we insist Stephen King get followed around by the police 'cause he wrote disturbing stuff and might therefore be a potential killer? How do we KNOW mystery authors aren't really writing about the murder of their enemies and so need to be under surveillance? And why is this purveyor of blood'n'sex fantasies not under psychiatric supervision as a possible menace to society?
Couldn't have anything to do with ethnicity, now, could it?
Seung Hui Cho, the Virginia Tech shooter, was from South Korea. Albert Lee would not say whether he thinks the fact that his son is Chinese-American had any bearing on the incident.
NAAAAAAAH. None whatsoever.