So... I get that something went horribly awry with the mental care provided to the Virginia Tech shooter. Sounds like he belonged in an institution, not a college.
But something has gone horribly awry with our legal system when a straight-A student is arrested for completing an assignment as instructed.
Allen Lee, 18, a student at Cary-Grove High School in Illinois has been charged with disorderly conduct for his thoughts on paper--after he was instructed to "write whatever comes to your mind. Do not judge or censor what you are writing."
He faces 30 days in jail, a $1,500 fine and a damaged reputation for doing as he was told.
Lee's essay reads in part, "Blood, sex and booze. Drugs, drugs, drugs are fun. Stab, stab, stab, stab, stab, s...t...a...b...puke. 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."
"In creative writing, you're told to exaggerate," Lee said. "It was supposed to be just junk. ... There definitely is violent content, but they're taking it out of context and making it something it isn't."
Per usual, I'm not in favor of lawsuits. But I hope this student's family sues the asses off the school and law enforcement agency.
If they seriously think he needs mental help, they need to make sure he gets it.
But the day we start locking innocent people up for their thoughts is the day our streets are empty.
Update: If you'd like to share your safety concerns about the students at CGHS, they have a form on their website. I wonder if those get to anyone that matters though.
More contact info:
Cary Community Consolidated School District 26
400 Haber Road
Cary, IL 60013
Village of Cary
655 Village Hall Drive
Cary, IL 60013
(847) 639-2761 (fax)