A San Francisco teen was suspended from school over a poem she wrote about the Sandy Hook shooting.
In the poem, Courtni Webb expresses what her teacher interpreted as sympathy for shooter Adam Lanza. After finding the poem, the teacher reported Webb and she was suspended.
The most allegedly offensive line: “I understand the killings in Connecticut. I know why he pulled the trigger…Misery loves company. If I can’t be loved no one can.”
Courtni says her poem was misinterpreted, and that she does not deserve the punishment she received
“I didn’t say that I agree with it, I said I simply understand it,” Webb told NBC News. “I feel like I’ve really been made to almost look like a monster by my school and I don’t appreciate that at all.”
According to school officials, Webb was suspended because her poem “contained deeply concerning, and threatening language related to the recent school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.”
So much for freedom of speech.
Webb, who doesn’t have a history of acting out violently, says her poem was about society’s dysfunction.
“Why are we oppressed by a dysfunctional community of haters and blamers. The meaning of the poem is talking about society and how I understand why things like that incident happened. So it’s not like I’m agreeing with it, but that’s how the school made it seem,” she said.
A petition (which you can access here) has been created in support for Ms. Webb.
Why didn’t Courtni’s school speak with her about the poem before suspending her?
When (if ever) is is appropriate to suspend a student over a poem or artistic creation?
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