Luckily, Carrie Wasn’t Set in Kentucky

March 3rd, 2005 · 1 Comment
by Booksquare

Our Separation of Truth and Fiction Department alerts us to what is potentially a case of the world gone mad (this is the world where Midol possession is punishable by suspension). We acknowledge the fine line authorities walk when it comes to identifying potential problems. Nobody wants to learn the truth via a hail of bullets.

However. If this is true,

Even so, police say the nature of the story makes it a felony. “Anytime you make any threat or possess matter involving a school or function it’s a felony in the state of Kentucky,” . . .

and not a case of overstatement (or possibly misstatement), count us in the terrified column. A student was arrested for writing a fictional work that dealt with zombies taking over a high school. The article does not cite any additional evidence to indicate that the writer raised alarms. Just a story about zombies.

We’d like to subscribe the theory that you can’t be too careful, but, frankly, we’ve seen evidence that zero tolerance negates logic.

File Under: Square Pegs

1 response so far ↓

  • Lorra // Mar 3, 2005 at 3:49 pm

    This would be funny if it weren’t so sad.
    I fear freedom of expression will soon go the way of the dinosaurs.