February 3, 2001
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Good breakdown of complex free speech case in Canada involving student's threat speech, famous writers (e.g. King, Atwood). (from wood s lot)
posted by aflakete (5 comments total)
This sounds familiar
posted by gimli at 6:57 AM on February 3, 2001

He walked around by himself a lot of the time.

Damned deviant! Beat him up again, then back to jail!
posted by rushmc at 10:29 AM on February 3, 2001

gimli--I figured this was covered when it hit the media, but I'd felt the story was deeper than it appeared at the time, and this seemed a good update. I see that it was hashed around quite a bit here, but the issue of what effect the notoriety has on the fellow involved is important. As well as the details of his family's dynamics.
posted by aflakete at 11:30 AM on February 3, 2001

I think it's a good thread--thanks, aflakete--and I think gimli's link to the earlier discussion is helpful for background. You're both just wonderful. (Nothing substantive to contribute, sorry.)
posted by rodii at 11:37 AM on February 3, 2001

Sorry, didn't mean to imply that the thread wasn't front-page-worthy. The part of this story that really hit home for me was the torment that the kid received due to his speech impediment. In grade-school, I had a friend with the same difficulty (like a very exaggerated Barbara Walters.) The kids at school were unmerciful and unrelenting in their abuse, to the point that her parents pulled her out and sent her to a Quaker school. To this day, when I hear a kid who has trouble pronouncing his/her R's, it reminds me of the cruelty that children can display. The problem now is how quickly it can escalate into a deadly situation.
posted by gimli at 12:59 PM on February 3, 2001

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