posted on Dec, 7 2003 @ 11:52 PM
I also have a story to go along with this, although mine didn't end as badly as the girl in the article. When I was a Junior in HS, one of our
assignments was to write a satirical short story. Since I am a certified creep, I chose to write about being a mercenary for world travel, and having
rather rich, prestigious, and powerful business contacts. After seeing the paper, the teacher took it to the principal, who made a copy, and mailed
home to my parents along with a letter saying that "Your son has written interest in becoming a mercenary because he wants to kill people and blow
stuff up" or something to that effect, while killing and explosions were left completely out of the paper. I was suspended for 5 days, with another
3 days of inschool suspension, 2 saturday schools, and 4 after-school detentions. My parents fought this one out with the school board, because what
I wrote was perfectly clean and within the description of the assignment. The other English teacher at my school read my paper, and also went infront
of the board to have this crap removed from my transcript, but it wasn't. Fun, huh?
Someone earlier said that "creativity is creativity", I agree. I think the actions taken by this student were rather unfair, and the zero tolerance
approach isn't doing its job. This stuff needs to be taken on a case by case basis, if a student writes a work of fiction, don't assume it's a
damn hit-list or whatever. If a student actually does threaten, then consider it a threat.
***EDIT*** I wanted to add in a side note, that while I never had a record of doing anything "wrong" in highschool, other than being bored with the
classes, I did fit the profile of someone who would "pose a threat" because I'm a punk, more or less.
[Edited on 7-12-2003 by kaoszero]