Fear Gone Wild!

Creative fiction writing is now terrorism?

At least in Kentucky it is! This is absolutely unbelievable!

CLARK COUNTY

Student Arrested For Terroristic Threatening Says Incident A Misunderstanding

A George Rogers Clark High School junior arrested Tuesday for making terrorist threats told LEX 18 News Thursday that the “writings” that got him arrested are being taken out of context.

Winchester police say William Poole, 18, was taken into custody Tuesday morning. Investigators say they discovered materials at Poole’s home that outline possible acts of violence aimed at students, teachers, and police.

Poole told LEX 18 that the whole incident is a big misunderstanding. He claims that what his grandparents found in his journal and turned into police was a short story he wrote for English class.

“My story is based on fiction,” said Poole, who faces a second-degree felony terrorist threatening charge. “It’s a fake story. I made it up. I’ve been working on one of my short stories, (and) the short story they found was about zombies. Yes, it did say a high school. It was about a high school over ran by zombies.”

Even so, police say the nature of the story makes it a felony. “Anytime you make any threat or possess matter involving a school or function it’s a felony in the state of Kentucky,” said Winchester Police detective Steven Caudill.

Poole disputes that he was threatening anyone.

“It didn’t mention nobody who lives in Clark County, didn’t mention (George Rogers Clark High School), didn’t mention no principal or cops, nothing,”
said Poole. “Half the people at high school know me. They know I’m not that stupid, that crazy.”

On Thursday, a judge raised Poole’s bond from one to five thousand dollars after prosecutors requested it, citing the seriousness of the charge.

Poole is being held at the Clark County Detention Center.

What ever happened to being allowed to be creative and imaginative? Have the legislators and judges in Kentucky thrown the Constitution out the window?

Or is it just the first amendment “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” they object to?

Or perhaps the fourth amendment “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.“?

How exactly does a story about ZOMBIES turn into a terror threat? Better yet, what the hell is wrong with this kids grandparents that they couldn’t see it for the fiction is was?

And what the hell are his grandparents doing reading HIS journal? Journals are like diaries, and are private. Even IF he left it lying out in the open, it was still his personal space and his grandparents should have shown enough respect for that to not have read it!

Even after explaining himself, the boy is still in custody AND they actually increased his bail?

And people tell me I’m nuts for stating that we are rapidly becoming a police state in this country.

Does this mean that all books depicting violence, especially teen violence, will now be banned and burned? What about all those horror and gore movies involving high school and college aged kids? Has it really come to this? Have people truly been so brainwashed that we are clamping down on creativity and imagination? Is it now a crime/sin to have such an imagination that you can write a story like that? Does having such an imagination automatically make you a violent person or prospective terrorist? If so, what does reading/watching such things make you? Especially IF you actually enjoy reading and watching such things!

I’m sure some out there will use the few very public school shootings as their excuse for condoning this violation of “freedom of speech”, but that is how we lose our rights. Why not allow this boy the benefit of doubt? Since the story doesn’t mention if the boy was a trouble-maker to begin with (which MIGHT explain this irrational reaction-and that’s a really big fat MIGHT) I’m left to assume he isn’t and this is just proof that all the fear mongering is working.

We are all turning into “zombies” (scared robotic rabbits) because we are allowing ourselves to be paralyzed with the fear the authorities and media are bombarding us with everyday.

Thank God/dess I don’t drink that Kool-aid is all I can say. I will never give in to their scare tactics so that they can strip me of my God-given rights (that the constitution simply guarantees they cannot take away).

Even IF they trash the Constitution completely, it is an affront to our creator/maker/diety of choice to trample and suppress His/Her gift of free will to all of us (which is also my biggest beef about organized religions as that is what they do also).

How far are we willing to fall before we stand up again to preserve and restore the Republic our founders gave us?

I leave you with a quote from one of the signers of the Constitution:

Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. Benjamin Franklin

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~ by swfreedomlover on October 18, 2008.

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