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Thursday, February 02, 2006

If You Write It, They Will Come

Interesting story from today's Globe. The Secret Service came to a Rhode Island middle school just hours after a 13 year-old seventh grader submitted an assignment to his teacher where:

"The boy...had written an assigned class essay saying that his idea of a perfect day was to hurt President Bush, kill the popular talk show host [Oprah Winfrey], and harm executives of Coca-Cola and Wal-Mart."

He's been suspended from school indefinitely and his case is under investigation by the Secret Service who say that they'll investigate it in the same way whether the person is 13 or 33. The child's actions would normally constitute a felony. Are the school district and Secret Service overreacting in a post-Columbine environment as some say? Or is this totally justified as threats of this nature need to be taken seriously?

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