The Student Press Law Center provides more information on William Poole, the Kentucky high school student charged with making “terroristic threats”–
George Rogers Clark High School student William Poole, 18, was arrested and detained after his grandparents found materials he authored and called police, said Clark High principal John Atkins.
“The boy’s version was that he was writing a story about zombies and it was for a portfolio entry that was going to be turned in at school,” Atkins said. “The teachers aren’t aware of any kind of project like that. The word ‘zombies’ was not mentioned in the writings.”
Atkins said law enforcement agents showed him the writings, which resembled “notes and a plan. … It sounded to be kind of an advertisement or recruiting to meet a goal, and a goal was stated which was very negative about the school.”
While the new information provided is valuable to those following the case, like myself, as Bill Leisner points out on his LiveJournal the information Atkins provides isn’t a solid refutation of Poole’s assertion that the writings found were, in fact, part of a short story about zombies overrunning a high school. Rather than say “There was no writing project,” Atkins says, “The teachers aren’t aware” of a writing project. Rather than say “It was a plan,” Atkins says, “It sounded to be” a plan. Where Atkins could provide clarity, instead he muddies the waters even more.
Quite frankly, I don’t know what to think. I wrote on another blog a few days ago, “The trouble is, I find the idea of a student being arrested for writing a story about zombies to be completely credible. It sounds fantastic. It sounds impossible. And yet, in these Orwellian days it sounds all too plausible.”