Monday, May 18, 2009
Girl on Kill List At Bryant -Webster School Thinks Author Needs To Be Removed From School?
And one thought it was bad to be on Santa's list. A Bryant-Webster student apparently authored a journal with a "kill list" inside. A fellow classmate who is on the list discovered the journal and brought it to the attention of authorities. The student who was on the list believed this to be a legitimate threat.
Besides a list on names, the journal contained several drawings of girls being hung by nooses. and There were eight people listed to be killed. On the right side of the list were sketches of various weapons. The list was given to police who then turned it over to the school. A threat assessment was conducted by the school and they did not identify a "viable" one. The mother of the girl who discovered the list is upset that the author of the list was not removed from the school.
Denver Public Schools has taken the position that in absence of a "viable" threat they could not remove or punish the student for expressing themselves. Is this just another case of freedom of speech or did the school district fail to take needed action?