‘A’ Student Arrested for Essay: ‘Stab, Stab, Stab’
Posted Apr 27, 2007 11:26 AM CST
By Martha Neil
The assignment: "Write whatever comes to your mind. Do not judge or censor what you are writing." The result: An 'A' student is arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.
His essay, reports the Chicago Tribune, contained one passage that included a discussion of "shooting everyone" and "having sex with dead bodies," according to the complaint filed by McHenry County concerning Allen Lee, 18. It also included the words "stab, stab, stab," one prosecutor told the newspaper. However, the student then wrote, after this disturbing discussion, "Well, not really, but it would be funny if I did," perhaps intending to signal that he was only joking.
According to prosecutor Tom Carroll, another passage allegedly read: "as a teacher, don't be surprised on inspiring the first CG shooting," the article continues. Lee, a student at Cary-Grove High School in suburban Chicago, reportedly was charged with two misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct, one for each passage.
Lee told the newspaper he was "just following the assignment," and said that the words that led to his arrest were taken out of context. He has no disciplinary record at the school and signed papers to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps last week, according to his attorney.
The full text of the essay, provided by Lee's lawyer, later published in this Arlington Heights, Ill. Daily Herald article.
Additional details are provided in yesterday's ABAJournal.com post.