Write a Story, Go to Jail

A student who wrote a violent short story on a school computer may face 10 years in prison. Prosecutors say they are trying to prevent more school massacres; the student’s defenders say they’re fighting attempts to criminalize thought. By Kim Zetter. via [Wired News]

Boy, am I lucky that this sort of paranoia about “dark thoughts” wasn’t around when I was in school. I mean, being moody and pissed-off seems fairly central to the teenage experience. What, do they think it’s better for the kid to “push your bad thoughts down, down, down into your shoes, until it’s like you’re walking on them”?