A straight-A student in the Chicago suburbs has been charged with “disorderly conduct” for a homework assignment that his teacher found “violently disturbing.” He did not make any threats in the paper, assigned as an exercise in using poetic conventions, nor did he single out anyone or any place as a target for his anger.
The youth’s father said his son was not suspended or expelled but was forced to attend classes elsewhere for now.
Today, Cary-Grove students rallied behind the arrested teen by organizing a petition drive to let him back in their school. They posted on walls quotes from the English teacher in which she had encouraged students to express their emotions through writing.
The police chief says “disorderly conduct” applies because the teacher was disturbed by the assignment. The ACLU disagrees.
The boy’s last name is “Lee.” I wonder if he’s Asian-American. He doesn’t seem to fit the “weird kid” profile if his classmates are petitioning for his return.
Update: Because of the arrest, the Marines have canceled Lee’s enlistment. Here’s a copy of the essay. If Lee is an A student, standards must be low at his high school. He sounds like a kid suffering from acute senioritis. He tried to get a rise from an inexperienced teacher he didn’t like and is paying a high price.