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Student Arrested for Writing Essay

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"The Chicago Tribune reports that an eighteen year old straight-A High School student was arrested for writing an essay that 'disturbed' his teacher. Even though no threats were made to a specific person, 18 year-old Allen Lee's English teacher convened a panel to discuss the work. As a result of that discussion, the police were called in. 'The youth's father said his son was not suspended or expelled but was forced to attend classes elsewhere for now. Today, Cary-Grove students rallied behind the arrested teen by organizing a petition drive to let him back in their school. They posted on walls quotes from the English teacher in which she had encouraged students to express their emotions through writing.'"

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Comments (4)

Concerned Student:

Were there any opinions on this article? I find it scary that we have allowed thought police into the schools so as to save ourselves from the crazies. First it was bad language, then offensive language (which was determined by the offendee, and therefore arbitrary), now thoughts on paper will land you in hot water, suspended and possibly in jail? What is next? Brain wave montitors installed at birth, so that we can eliminate the threat before it gets too far? This is exactly the stupidity that we should be fighting against. Sure the kid said some weird stuff, he was told to for the assignment. What do they want creative writing or sanitized writing? Are we going to start eliminating cheer posters at sports events from saying anything derogatory or mildly violent about the opponenet? Instead of 'crush the Mudville High Scorpions' are we going to say 'move them gently out of the way on your way to scoring', or instead of USC's slogan 'Fight On' we will say 'Move Along'. Give me a break. Living in a free society comes with some of the evil that can be found in society. It also comes with responsibility foisted upon all to be the drivers of their own lives and destiny. If we can't handle it we can turn in our keys and let someone else drive. Which is sounds to me like some people are all for doing:

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070425/OPINION04/704250310/0/OPINION

Paul Hamilton:

CS: We had a big stink in my home state recently when some HS students made a stop-motion animated film with teddy bears that some teachers determined was "terrorist" in nature. I agree that between rampant, mindless political correctness and the state of perpetual fear, you simply cannot say or do anything which is controversial, or even different.

Paul Hamilton:

And yes, there are hundreds of replies posted to the story. Click the link at the top to get the permalink with the replies. At least you can still say what you think on the internet without somebody branding you a menace to society.

horse:

Well, assuming you believe this is a scary development, then we have at least some shared beliefs regarding individual liberties.

This is just as unbelievable as a local government taking grandma's house to give it to a big $$$ company like Pfizer, but they have now both happened. After external security, protecting individual liberties should be a priority above all.


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