COMIC BOOK LEGAL DEFENSE FUND
Maren Williams | January 23, 2013
Remember the 16-year-old from New Jersey who was arrested last month after a teacher reported his notebook doodles of “what appeared to be weapons?” Now the same sort of hypervigilance on the part of school officials has caused another teen in San Francisco to be suspended and possibly expelled from school for her private creative expression — this time for a poem containing the lines “I understand the killings in Connecticut. I know why he pulled the trigger.”
Courtni Webb, a 17-year-old senior at Life Learning Academy charter school, frequently expresses her feelings through poetry in a private notebook. But last month, a teacher found the notebook and noticed Courtni’s poem expressing empathy with the feelings of alienation and anger that may have driven Newtown shooter Adam Lanza.