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I'd heard about this one from a few sources but finally got a link from gmskarka_feed to an actual news account of the situation.

Basically an 18 year old student in Kentucky has been arrested on Terror Charges after his grandparents found, and handed to police, a short story he'd been writing about a school being overrun by zombies. Said school was not his own nor where any of the characters. Apparently in Kentucky it is a crime to make any threat involving a school or function - so I guess they should start banning a lot of films, novels, etc over there!

The student says it is all a big misunderstanding as the story was for his English class whilst the judge has upped his bond from $1000 to $5000 due to 'the seriousness of the charge'.

Now there is a ton of things that should disturb everyone about this story but apart from the fact that he's currently in custody over writing a 'zombie' story it's also bloody worrying that HIS grandparents handed in the story to the police in the first place. 1984 anyone?

Student Arrested For Terroristic Threatening Says Incident A Misunderstanding (LEX18; Wednesday 2nd March 2005) (Lexington Kentucky News Station)

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kittensandsteam
Mar. 2nd, 2005 10:33 pm (UTC)
jeezes
The US has really gone mental it seems.
When are they going to learn that fact and fiction are two entirely different things?
Poor kid :(
angusabranson
Mar. 2nd, 2005 10:36 pm (UTC)
Re: jeezes
Unless there is more to the story than meets the eye. Admittedly it *could* be a lot more sinister depending on what else the police have found. But on the surface it sounds incredibly stupid and worrying.
kittensandsteam
Mar. 2nd, 2005 10:38 pm (UTC)
Re: jeezes
This reminds me about the story of a girl that got kicked out of school for being a witch (she was a wiccan) and had to revert to home schooling because no school she could reach would have her and her parents couldn't afford boarding school.
She was turned in a social outcast in the town she lived in thanks to the PTA and catholic moral majority.

I wouldn't be surprised if that's all there is to it tbh.
iamnikchick
Mar. 2nd, 2005 11:39 pm (UTC)
Re: jeezes
Sad to say I'm no longer surprised that this can happen in America. Are you familiar with the case of the "West Memphis Three"?

WM3.org

Although there was no physical evidence, murder weapon, motive, or connection to the victims, the prosecution pathetically resorted to presenting black hair and clothing, heavy metal t-shirts, and Stephen King novels as proof that the boys were sacrificed in a satanic cult ritual.

That case was pre-Columbine, pre-War-on-terrorism but during the panic over supposed widespread "satanic ritual violence." I only assume that things are much, much worse now that anything and everything can be justified by claiming you're fighting 'terrorism'.

bridiep
Mar. 3rd, 2005 07:57 am (UTC)
I guess 'Buffy' is banned in Kentucky then? :)
the_bearded_one
Mar. 3rd, 2005 12:49 pm (UTC)
There were zombies in 1984?
angusabranson
Mar. 3rd, 2005 01:31 pm (UTC)
More the relatives turning you in bit :p
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