Student Arrested For Writing Horror Fiction

Click the link, read the story, and get angry.

Short version: A Kentucky high school student has been arrested (For real–in jail, multi-thousand dollar bail set) for writing a horror story about zombies overrunning a high school. The police allege that because “a school” was mentioned in the story (not the school the kid goes to, though, or any faculty, or any of his fellow students), the kid was making a TERRORST THREAT.

A felony.

For writing a story.

I urge everyone reading this to spread the word about it. Call the Winchester, Kentucky Police Department ((859)745-7403) and log complaints. Contact the SFWA and the HWA and get them involved. Call the ACLU (Kentucky office: 502-581-1181, director Beth Wilson ) and point it out to them. Contact the Kentucky Governor’s office ( Phone: 502) 564-2611 Fax:(502) 564-2517 or via the web) and let him know how you feel about writers being jailed by the government for FICTION.

Every day, this country scares the shit out of me just a little bit more.

(Thanks to Greg Basich for pointing me to this story)

9 Replies to “Student Arrested For Writing Horror Fiction”

  1. WTF what is this world coming too. Have we really become so paranoid as a nation that we stoop to this. Gesh!!! Well I guess I had better go burn all of my poetry notebooks or I will wind up in a jail cell too.
    This is just too absurd

  2. The police allege that because “a school” was mentioned in the story (not the school the kid goes to, though, or any faculty, or any of his fellow students), the kid was making a TERRORST THREAT.

    Amazing. One has to wonder if they’ll assert that the kid was planning on reanimating a legion of corpses to swarm his school.

    Now if the kid actually HAS a loyal army of undead, then there’s an issue.

  3. I sent a letter to the governor. I doubt it’ll matter, with me being from Texas and all, but I did mention that I’m descended from the original settlers of Boonesboro.

    I also mentioned that by the definition mentioned by the quoted detective, anyone with a newspaper clipping regarding the Columbine shooting would be guilty of a felony, which covers newspapers and libraries.

    Not to mention anyone who owns a copy of Buffy, Kindergarten Cop, or Taps…

  4. *shakes head in abject sorrow* It’s true then. The moronic imbeciles have taken over the planet. I wonder if you can still buy good groundplans for nuclear bunkers? It may be the only way the rest of us are safe.

  5. Okay, when I become a rich and famous rock star and move out of this country…you can come be my road manager, and sound expert. You can even tell people they aren’t on the list.

    Seriously, I wish it were not so difficult to get the hell out of here. I think it is much easier to come here than to move somewhere else. What you have to do to get a job, and the language problem, it is frustrating.

  6. The husband of my mom’s cousin (she grew up with her and lived with them for a time) is a Kentucky State Senator. Democrat last I remember. I think I may get old Bruce’s number from M.

  7. I actually used that as an argument to point out how ridiculous the idea was in my e-mail to the governor.

    OTOH, If the kid really does have that army, I think we’d all better stay out of Kentucky for a while.

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