FRAGMENTIA 13: Bite-sized slices of life

4.28.2007

It's A Crime I Tell Ya!

In this post-9/11, post-politically correct age we seem to have lost all reason when it comes to law enforcement. Write something off-kilter, make a loud noise or pull a tasteless practical joke and you're a criminal. Some recent events at US schools vividly illustrate this disturbing reality...

A high school student was arrested for turning in a creative writing assignment describing imaginary violent acts. His instructions had been to "not judge or censor" himself, but to write whatever came to his mind. Further, he said he was supposed to "exaggerate" his writing.

By all accounts, the offender is a well-adjusted, straight-A student with no priors.
But, in light of VTU, I guess no one is willing to take chances, so they arrested the kid. This may be the first case of someone in the US being arrested simply for writing a school paper that does not make a specific threat to anyone. Sadly, I'm probably wrong.

I was wrong when I said nothing would change as a result of the VTU massacre; lax guns laws are staying put, but creative writing will be criminalized.

Meanwhile, over at University of South Florida, a pair of students were arrested for setting off a "dry ice bomb." Just in case you missed this one growing up, you put some dry ice and water into a plastic soft drink bottle and seal it; pressure then builds up inside the bottle until it explodes with a loud report, to the glee of all present. Yeah, it's pretty juvenile, but also harmless. (Boy, I hope I don't get in trouble for posting instructions on how to make a "bomb" on the Internet.)

This "bomb" was set off in an open field, away from people and buildings, not that it was likely to hurt anyone or damage anything. Again, the point is to make a loud noise. Yet, the students have been kicked off campus and are facing felony charges.

I urge you to harass (yes, that's the word I meant to use) USF administration and the Florida Attorney General's office to reconsider any charges for Anthony Shortt and Sara Claussen.

Meanwhile, in Lewiston, Maine, some middle school kids are in trouble for placing a ham next to some Muslim students in the school's lunchroom. The police are investigating the incident as a possible "hate crime." (Muslims do not consume pork, and try to avoid to being near it, as they find it unclean and offensive.)

I'm not part of any established religion, but I am a strict vegetarian. That means I eat no swimming things, no flying things, no walking things, etc. I take it very seriously, and believe the custom of eating dead animals (as I once did) is primitive and grotesque. However, if you place a juicy, medium-rare hamburger in front of me, I'm going to say "No thanks" (or, depending on what your intention was, "No thanks, asshole"). You would be wrong to intentionally do that, but I would not consider you guilty of a crime.

The act of the Lewiston kids was certainly insensitive and uncool; some disciplinary action by the school is appropriate, as it is with any incident of student harassment. However, it's nothing resembling a crime, hate or otherwise. Give me a fucking break. If we start arresting everyone for violating the beliefs and superstitions of others, there'll be no free people left in the United States.

The
understood general policy for school kids has for time immemorial has been to behave yourself, do your work, leave your peers alone and listen to your teachers. Now we seem to be appending the caveat "under penalty of law" to that.

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8 Comments:

  • bogs, it's the land of the free, until some numbnut does the unthinkable and then it turns into 1984 (and not the Tim Robbins godawful version) the original Orwellian 1984.

    You had better watch the hell out, cause if someone figures out how to harm others by being bald... (blinded by the shine?) you will be under scrutiny, just for existing! or me... heck one death perpetuated by massive cleavage smothering, and suddenly gals like me are public enemy #1

    By Blogger Infinitesimal, at 4/29/2007 11:57:00 PM  

  • what's up faggots? grrherhaha

    bogs dont you mean "harris" florida state??? when did harrassment be come harrisment, btw?

    then there was the university who banned the use of too real looking swords and guns from theatrical plays on campus post VT massacre.

    i tole ya thought crime was on its way. and i dont need to tell you who is leading the charge

    the pomaded pouff of pomposity.

    hate thought will be punished more severely.

    wake me up when the Carny of Libs is over. right now, im off to buy dry ice.

    vanille, do your back be hurting?

    By Blogger she, at 4/30/2007 08:31:00 AM  

  • infini - "motorboat" deaths would indeed spark outrage...

    she - liberals aren't taking credit for these things... it's not liberals who decided those kids should be arrested for making a loud noise, etc...

    btw, I will be posting here while the Carny is going on... so check back, y'all...

    By Blogger Pete Bogs, at 4/30/2007 09:25:00 AM  

  • ah, the absurdity...

    now, what about the teacher who gave that stupid writing assignment? could he not have predicted that someone would venture into the area of violence, etc.?

    but the student, being a straight-A one, should have known better - given it was the week following V-Tech.

    perhaps the teacher and student should be incarcerated for stupidty - yeah!

    as for the kids and their ham joke - that's out of line - time for them to renew their acquiantance with the Golden Rule - and perhaps clearn up the cafeteria every day after lunch for a week - except - that's not allowed. any sort of natural or logical consequence that makes sense is verbotten.

    well,there's nothing for it - better arrest those dang kids too.

    what faggots? huh? as in, burning wood at the end of a fire - coals and embers and that sort of thing?

    By Blogger Bird, at 5/01/2007 01:41:00 AM  

  • speaking of epithets, apparently the NAACP is holding a funeral for the N-word... I hope the hip-hop community attends...

    By Blogger Pete Bogs, at 5/01/2007 07:12:00 AM  

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