Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Insensitive or Criminal?

A Wisconsin teacher has been arrested for the following blog comment about Columbine.

"They knew how to deal with the overpaid union thugs. One shot at a time!" he said, adding they should be remembered as heroes.

While I think what he said was reprehensible, I certainly do not think that it was criminal. What say you?



At Thursday, December 06, 2007 8:55:00 PM, Blogger Leo said...

Yup gotta agree with you - reprehensible but not criminal. The man was obviously angry and allowed his emotions to get the best of him. Freedom of speech can be ugly but it must be allowed.

I suppose, though, if I knew this man that I would have my guard up and my eyes open to suspicious behavior.

At Friday, December 07, 2007 6:13:00 AM, Blogger Dawn said...

Leo said, "I suppose, though, if I knew this man that I would have my guard up and my eyes open to suspicious behavior."

Good point. But he may have only been joking. I'd have to read the entire thread and his entire statement in context to know for sure.

At Saturday, December 08, 2007 11:12:00 AM, Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Posting again. Well done.

We have to be careful to guard free speech.

This seems to be a reference to historical events, so I suppose it is not incitement.

A more difficult issue is when people speak favourably of terrorism. There is sometimes a fine line between sympathy and incitement.

Every Blessing in Christ


At Saturday, December 08, 2007 12:54:00 PM, Blogger Dawn said...

Hey Matthew! Thanks for stopping by.

Yes, incitement is a worrisome matter.

At Monday, December 10, 2007 4:22:00 AM, Blogger dmarks said...

I agree on this too. Reprehensible but criminal.

At Wednesday, December 12, 2007 11:19:00 AM, Blogger Rose~ said...

People need to stop getting hysterical over words. There is something really wrong with that...

Of course, I do think what he said was off the wall, but it is just words. Judge it, but he is allowed to say it.

At Wednesday, December 12, 2007 12:40:00 PM, Blogger Dawn said...

Hi dmarks. Glad we can agree.

Rose, thanks for posting. I know, I get really tired of people who get hysterical over a bunch of words that carry no real threat.

At Tuesday, December 18, 2007 6:50:00 AM, Blogger Unforced Rhythms of Grace said...

In our Detroit area, we recently had some high school students publish photos of themselves with guns and drugs (both were not real)for the purpose of promoting their rap group. They were expelled. The police even confirmed that the photo did not contain real guns or drugs. Again, no threat was nor implied and I feel this was a violation of their constitutional rights. Frankly, I think what the kids did was stupid, but not criminal and certainly not deserving of being expelled from school.

What this teacher did was certainly insensitive and stupid.

At Wednesday, December 19, 2007 4:57:00 PM, Blogger Dawn said...

Yeah, Michael. Too bad these kids think it is cool to tote guns and drugs. Like you said, stupid but not criminal.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


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