There’s not much tolerance for negative thinkers these days.
BOCA RATON â€” A Spanish River High senior won’t be returning to school this year after making negative comments directed at his classmates on Tuesday, school officials said.
Superintendent Art Johnson said the school’s principal told him the student pointed to classmates in a photo and made remarks such as “I like this one” and “I don’t like this one.”
Police searched the 18-year-old boy’s home and found nothing incriminating. However, the boy’s parents agreed he will not return to campus; he’ll do independent study projects at home to earn a diploma.
Commenters on a Sun-Sentinel story provide the back story: He’s an odd kid who’s made disturbing comments in the past. After he crossed out or circled or just pointed to people in the senior class photo, rumors spread that he threatened to kill Jewish students in “two more days” on Hitler’s birthday. But there’s no evidence he made threats, according to the principal.
Of course if not for the Hitler and Columbine anniversary coming a few days after the Virginia Tech massacre, an odd kid’s hostility to classmates wouldn’t have sparked so much fear. (His brother, commenting online, says “two more days” meant two more days to the opening of the parody movie Hot Fuzz, not a countdown to a Hitler’s birthday massacre.)
These are going to be difficult days for loners on college and high school campuses. Perhaps some will get counseling that will help them interact with others. I suspect more will face “zero tolerance” for oddness and unfriendliness.