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San Francisco Student Faces Expulsion After Writing Poem About Newtown Shooting [VIDEO]

 

Creative expression is one of the most powerful ideas in our world.  But sometimes, such expression can take us to dangerous places and cause us to be rejected by those around us.  A teenage girl who wrote what was in her heart is now being punished by her school after she refused to write the kind of Sandy Hook poem that her teachers wanted.  She wrote something that her teachers defined to be too dark to be acceptable.  As a result, the girl might be expelled.

While we may not agree with what Courtni Webb wrote, we have to wonder if we want to live in a world where a child can lose their right to an education because of what they think and write.  She didn’t do anything wrong, so maybe this decision is one that the school should reconsider.  This is not the first time that freedom of speech has been in jeopardy during a time of national crisis.  Shortly after September 11, residents were being sent to jail for things they said or wrote, even if they didn’t actually say them.  Neighbors were turning on one another, and most would agree in hindsight that this was one time period when our nation failed the test of liberty.   Freedoms are easy to preserve when everyone feels safe and comfortable. The greatest test comes when we feel unsafe.

On Dec. 30 the “Today Show” reported the story about San Francisco high school senior Courtni Webb. Webb, 17, is facing “possible expulsion” for writing a poem about the Newton, Conn., Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Courtni wasn’t trying to be dark and depressed in her poem, but she didn’t write memorials to the victims either.

Instead, Courtni wrote a poem about Adam Lanza and what she saw regarding his drive to a mass murder in a children’s classroom. She didn’t write about flowers and rainbows. She wrote, “They want to hold me back……I understand the killings in Connecticut. I know why he pulled the trigger…. society won’t take the blame. We’re full of a society of haters and blamers”

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28 Responses to San Francisco Student Faces Expulsion After Writing Poem About Newtown Shooting [VIDEO]

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  2. AMAZINGGRACE Reply

    January 2, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    She does NOT KNOW WHY he KILLED. I would get her some counseling SOON.

    • Wahiid Reply

      September 24, 2013 at 10:11 pm

      She has already helped herself.Poetry is a form of release and is very good therapy. I say that if her words evoked all this response and from what I’ve read, she’s very talented. I hope she pursues writing. Have you ever read Maya’s “I know why the caged bird sings”? That’s what this poem reminds me of. Do you think she needed help?

  3. mike Jackson Reply

    January 2, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Our freedom is being stripped from us right up under our noses & nobody is doing anything about it! The CIA & the Governments worldwide are becoming Dictorial & we give them our soul without a fight! We give them a way to take our freedom & monitor our lives, our friends D’s lives, our every movement, all of our personal information into their data bases by liking it on Facebook or “following” some d**n body on Twitter! This ish is Crazy! Wake Up People! The 8th & final king from the books of Daniel is raising its demonic head ” the UN” & their getting ready to tame away our lives as we know it! Revelation talks about a time where those who don’t accept the mark of the Beast won’t be able to Buy, sell, or trade! Well have of the earths population has already put themselves in the governments web via the web! Its called that for a reason people & these “Social Networks” has captured most of the world & we freely give em pictures & everything, Wake Up a War it Brewing & their is only gonna be one winner! Dan2:44

  4. mike Jackson Reply

    January 2, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Our freedom is being stripped from us right up under our noses & nobody is doing anything about it! The CIA & the Governments worldwide are becoming Dictorial & we give them our soul without a fight! We give them a way to take our freedom & monitor our lives, our friends D’s lives, our every movement, all of our personal information into their data bases by liking it on Facebook or “following” some d**n body on Twitter! This ish is Crazy! Wake Up People! The 8th & final king from the books of Daniel is raising its demonic head ” the UN” & their getting ready to tame away our lives as we know it! Revelation talks about a time where those who don’t accept the mark of the Beast won’t be able to Buy, sell, or trade! Well have of the earths population has already put themselves in the governments web via the web! Its called that for a reason people & these “Social Networks” has captured most of the world & we freely give em pictures & everything, Wake Up a War it Brewing & their is only gonna be one winner! Dan2:44

  5. Latrice Reply

    January 2, 2013 at 12:21 am

    Once again she is being labeled. If this was a white girl they would have called her poem ‘deep’ and ‘heartfelt’. She looked at the situation from the other side, we might find solutions from her view. And Frank she didn’t say anything racist so I don’t get your point

  6. eric Reply

    January 1, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    There is not a d**n thing wrong with what she wrote. People and not just the teachers,are mad because it was a bunch of white kids who died at one time and it was again a white male who did it..all these type of crimes are always done by white men. Why don’t society and police profile white males? You don’t have a problem profiling black males,why do you have a problem profiling white males? Only the white teachers have a problem with her poem. So what,they died get over it and changing the gun laws WiLL NOT CHANGE NOTHING!!! President Obama is not at fault,make a law for white parents to raise there kids better and that is how these type of situations will stop

  7. Jazz Reply

    January 1, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    I would like to read the whole poem she wrote.

    • Udosed Reply

      January 1, 2013 at 9:18 pm

      ya think they would have posted the entire poem!?!?!?

      • Satchel Reply

        January 2, 2013 at 12:10 am

        I can’t a statement from the school, but I did find the poem. She merely gave her opinion of the other side of the incident, she din’t condone it. Click on to the link below to see for yourself.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56S7Cy-mxU8

      • Satchel Reply

        January 2, 2013 at 12:10 am

        I can’t a statement from the school, but I did find the poem. She merely gave her opinion of the other side of the incident, she din’t condone it. Click on to the link below to see for yourself.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56S7Cy-mxU8

  8. Edward A. Smikle Reply

    January 1, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    What wrong with telling the truth in this society?. We could use some truth, the truth is the best PROPONGADA, but since we cannot stand the truth, we face danger when we dare.She tell us how many of us really feel about each, but that is uncaaeptable, because we are so used to being lied to that when the truth come at us, we reject it, and hate the person telling the truth.

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