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TEEN POET SUSSPENDED FOR  EMPATHIZE W/ ADAM LANZA by xerox100011001001010 TEEN POET SUSSPENDED FOR  EMPATHIZE W/ ADAM LANZA by xerox100011001001010
Courtni Webb, a high school senior at the Life Learning Academy in California, was suspended after a teacher discovered a personal poem she had written partially in response to the Sandy Hook School shooting and the shooter Adam Lanza.

Amidst a lot of other typical teen poetry fodder, Webb wrote:


I understand the killings in Connecticut. I know why he pulled the trigger...Misery loves company. If I can't be loved no one can.

A teacher came across the poem in a notebook and, upon reading the references to Lanza and Newtown, CT, alerted school officials who immediately suspended Webb for violating Life Learning Academy's zero tolerance towards violence policy. Never mind that Webb threatened violence against absolutely nobody.

"I didn't say that I agree with it, I said I simply understand it," Webb told NBC News. "I feel like I've really been made to almost look like a monster by my school and I don't appreciate that at all."

Her mother adds, "She wasn't threatening herself, you know, she didn't threaten the school, she didn't threaten anybody."



School administrators have stated that Webb was suspended for producing writing that "contained deeply concerning, and threatening language related to the recent school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut," but, if the poem that she has shown the press is indeed the poem that she was punished over, it seems more likely that she was suspended for daring to show empathy and understanding in a complex issue that American society would like to make a matter of black and white, of good and evil.

Like with the case earlier last week in which a teen in New Jersey was arrested and put in juvie for doodling what appeared to be a gun on a piece of notebook paper, school officials have once again taken the hard line (suspension and possible expulsion) as opposed to taking the time to talk to Webb about her relatively harmless poem a poem that's probably been written in similar variations by teenagers across the country or consider that artistic expression is a way to exorcize dark thoughts and is not necessarily indicative of a person's real life actions. Countless writers and visual artists have expressed violent or dark sentiments. Very few have carried them out.

Text from an anonymous website. Original thought for deviation contributed by #nanashi89.
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TheBurningHand Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Student General Artist
I know that feel, person-that-was-suspended-for-writing-a-poem.
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Leppardra Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Unfortunately I think Adam Lanza killled those 20 kids for that very reason: If he couldn't have a loving family, then he would make sure those first-graders wouldn't either. Pure, seething jealousy. He may have had Aspergere's, but it didn't prevent him from having emotions. :(
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EternalUniverse1 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
Oh come on, I have aspergers, but I know deep inside that the autism was partly to blame, because I have this feeling that can never be truly tamed. Some day, there will be a cure via brain surgery. Once that happens, we'll all be better off.
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Silver-Snow-Fox Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
stupid fucks. If that gets her suspended then I wonder what would happen if I spoke whats really on my mind.
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ac128 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
thought police.
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lovechild1994 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student General Artist
that has to be one of the most paranoid reasons for suspending a student...
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