Saturday, April 28, 2007

America Loses It

America Loses It

This hot off the press from the Chicago Tribune: student writes an essay, teacher doesn't like it, cops arrest student for disorderly conduct.

The story is by Tribune staff reporters Jeff Long and Carolyn Starks and was published on April 26, 2007.

It starts like this:

"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."

A photo of Lee accompanies the article and it's obvious that his features are Asian features.

Apparently if your unpublished writings can disturb someone, like your teacher, then you can be hit with a disorderly conduct charge, and you can get slammed into jail for thirty days and fined $1,500.

The kid's dad, Albert Lee, says:

"I understand what happened recently at Virginia Tech."

But adds:

"I don't see how somebody can get charged by writing in their homework. The teacher asked them to express themselves, and he followed instructions."

Welcome to the fascist state, that's what I say.

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