Friday, March 04, 2005

Fictional Zombie Threat Leads to Actual Arrest

At least that's the way they do things down in Kentucky. So here is the story... William Poole was taken into custody on Tuesday morning because, according to Winchester Police, "Investigators say they discovered materials at Poole's home that outline possible acts of violence aimed at students, teachers, and police." Poole -- an 18-year-old student at George Rogers Clark High School in Clark County, KY -- claims that all they found was a short story he wrote for his English class:
"My story is based on fiction," said Poole, who faces a second-degree felony terrorist threatening charge. "It's a fake story. I made it up. I've been working on one of my short stories, (and) the short story they found was about zombies. Yes, it did say a high school. It was about a high school over ran by zombies."
But police say it is the nature of the story that makes it a felony. Any threat made involving a school or function is a felony in the state of Kentucky. Common Sense, while not a felony, seems to be in short supply. Even so, Poole claims that he didn't threaten anyone:
"It didn't mention nobody who lives in Clark County, didn't mention (George Rogers Clark High School), didn't mention no principal or cops, nothing," said Poole. "Half the people at high school know me. They know I'm not that stupid, that crazy."
It seems to me that Mr. Poole is only guilty of having a healthy imagination ... and using double negatives. via ACSBlog

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