October 18 2008

Differnces Between Fantasy And Reality

Again, it seems police have nothing better to do than make stupid arrests.

io9 first pointed out the story and followed it back to its source at NBC LEX18.  18-year-old William Poole, a student at George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester, KY, is currently sitting in the Clark County Detention Center. Why is he there?  Well, it seems he wrote a story for his English class about zombies attacking a high school.

Yeah, you read that right.

For some unknown reason, Mr. Poole’s grandparents went through his writing journal, and coming across the zombie story, they turned it over to the police.  Under Kentucky law, any threat against an event or school is a felony, and so he is being charged second-degree felony charge of “terrorist threatening”.  The police also raided his home and found materials “that outline possible acts of violence aimed at students, teachers, and police.” Prosecutors got a judge to raise his bail from $1,000 to $5,000 on Thursday based on it being a serious felony charge.

Of the entire event, Mr. Poole says, “”My story is based on fiction. 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.”

While I uderstand that threats of school violence need to be taken seriously… zombies?  Really?  Unless when the police searched Poole’s house found a small army of zombies living in his basement, I have a hard time believing they had much on the kid.  And, yes, yes, I know it has been written about endlessly that kids suspend their civil rights in a school setting, but they have no right to write a story involving a school and fantasy monsters attacking it?

I’m not so naive as to think there aren’t large chunks of this story missing, such as:

Barring those questions, I can’t believe a story about zombies would be viewed as anything more than a science fiction/fantasy story.  Unless there has been a rash of zombie attacks lately that I haven’t heard about, they are still mythical.  Add in the fact that zombies are enjoying a recent upswing in popularity in pop culture, a kid writing a story about zombies (something popular) attacking a school (the only thing he really knows at this point to draw life experience from) makes perfect sense to me.

What is up with stupidity and law enforcement lately? Lets see, lately we’ve had the 15-Year-Old Girl Could Be Labeled A Sex Offender for taking naked pictures of herself… Fashion Police Are Real In Florida wherein a guy was charged with probation violation for wearing their pants too low.  Is it any wonder our jails are packed beyond capacity and the courts are backed up for years?

So, to the folks in Kentucky, remember to keep any zombie stories you write off school property!  I don’t think you want to share a cell with Mr. Poole.

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