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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 Wednesday.

Lee, 18, a straight-A student at Cary-Grove High School, was arrested Tuesday 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.

I am without words, which is good since they’d arrest me for them.

16 Responses to “Oh dear”

  1. #9 Says:

    Another thought crime. Good luck getting into the college you wanted.

  2. gattsuru Says:

    How can this possibly survive 1st amendment grounds?

  3. Ahab - Calling the Thought Police Says:

    Yes, because Sweet God in Heaven forbid that someone ever penned something that another person found “disturbing”. It’s not like we have an Amendment to the Constitution about that or anything.

  4. Katherine Coble Says:

    I have a little essay on emotion for these folks.

  5. Standard Mischief Says:

    How can this possibly survive 1st amendment grounds?

    Come on now! All the weeny whiny wacknut fringe left will say that “sure we have a first amendment, but in this case they did the right thing. We could have stopped another massacre!”

    Unfortunately, there’s far too many Joe Sixpacks and Jane Whine-boxes out there that are silently in agreement.

    And the press? Well he’s 18, so they can throw a nerdy yearbook photo up, and that lets them show that the guy is asian without them actually saying so. It’s like a mainstream media politically correct yellow scare. [sarcasm]”What’s with these nerdy asian kids?”[/sarcasm]

    This happened Tuesday, and it’s Friday so by now teh ACLU ought to be all over this as it’s right up their alley, but there’s nothing on their main site. Pathetic.

  6. BobG Says:

    Some of these American schools are getting as bad as the UK. What’s next, ASBO’s?

  7. dshoes Says:

    Lee’s English teacher, whom officials declined to identify, read the essay and reported it to a supervisor and the principal.

    Guess the teacher, at least, has rights.

    You have to see the humor in this though – kid gets in trouble for writing about Hitler, but the authorities have no problem acting like him. (sarcasm, ok?)

    Everyone party to this deserves to be prosecuted – teacher, school authorities, cops, newspaper – and sued. If they had concerns, they should have called a doctor.

  8. #9 Says:

    How long before the Thought Police come to blogs? Oh wait…forgot what happened last week. Never mind.

  9. Dave thA Says:

    That Stephen King guy writes some disturbing stuff too. Maybe he needs a visit fromt he local PD?

  10. Diamondback Says:

    What’d he do? Write something positive about the war in Iraq?

  11. #9 Says:

    Maybe he defended the President. Or even worse, the Vice President. He is lucky not to be in jail. This thought crime stuff is a very slippery slope. Wonder if the ACLU is on the case?

  12. Ameliorations Says:

    […] other gun bloggers, and what makes him my favorite, is that he can blog about other issues, such as this one, wherein a high school student is arrested for using his imagination after turning in an essay for a creative writing class. […]

  13. Steven Says:

    I am lucky to know (via the intarweb) the mother of one of Lee’s classmates. She informs us that there has been a huge amount of support for Lee, and that the school system (mostly) and PD (somewhat) are now under intense pressure for over-reacting to this situation. According to her version of events, Lee’s parents were not contacted or aware of an issue until the cops showed up to arrest the poor lad.

    Sometimes knee-jerk reactions cause a loss of blood to the brain and people act like idiots. And straight A students wind up paying the price.

  14. Manish Says:

    #9, Standard Mischief…sheesh…it would be nice if you guys actually, you know, bothered to read the article before slamming the ACLU. If you read it you would have noticed:

    Some legal experts said the charge is troubling because it was over 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.

    “One of the elements is that some sort of disorder or disruption is created,” said Ed Yohnka, a spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois. “When something is done in private — when a paper is handed in to a teacher — there isn’t a disruption.”

  15. chris Says:

    This experience will help to prepare the young man for college and its open-minded professors.

  16. SayUncle » Should have never been charged at all Says:

    […] the kid who was charged with disorderly conduct over an essay he wrote? The charges have been dropped: Prosecutors said they dropped the charges partly because the […]

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