Columbine teen arrested

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I doubt the AP will press charges against me, but instead of linking, here is an article I read this morning:

DENVER ? A 16-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday after postings on the popular Web site MySpace.com allegedly showed him holding handguns, authorities said. The teen was being held at a juvenile detention center facing three misdemeanor charges of juvenile possession of a handgun, said district attorney spokeswoman Pam Russell. He is due in court Feb. 27.

Police searched the boy's home after receiving a tip from Evergreen High School on Feb. 10, the same day he was suspended, officials said.

School spokesman Rick Kaufman said parents were calling with concerns and some kept their children home after photographs posted on the boy's profile on MySpace.com, a social networking Web site, began circulating through the community.

One photo allegedly showed him lying on a floor surrounded by nine rifles with the caption, "Angel o' death on wings o' lead."

"The photos were very disturbing, and while the content was not a direct threat, we just felt it was important for us to take appropriate disciplinary action," Kaufman said, adding the student could be expelled.

Evergreen High School is in the same district as Columbine High School, where two teenage gunmen killed 12 students and a teacher before committing suicide in 1999. One of the gunmen had posted a threat on the Internet before the shootings.

I'm not sure how I feel about this. Granted they did arrest him on a real charge, juvenile posession of a handgun, but if it wasn't for that, if it was just the rifles, would the authorities have still done something? I'm thinking yes, and I'm not sure I'm comfortable with that.

If this arrest prevented anyone from being harmed, how could I be possibly against it? And as much as I can't stand the NRA hiding behind the 4th amendment, I am very not ok with people being assumed guilty for no tangible reason. There was no threat, there was no gun brought to school. Are the images disturbing, yes. Is it a bad idea to do that sort of site when you live in the Colubmbine area, yes. But would this constitute an unlawful act, no.

There's a million places you can go with this: the parents should have been more involved; this is another example of how "dangerous" myspace.com is.

What is reminds me of is the story of a co-worker of mine. Her son had a school assignment to write up directions on a topic. He chose how to create a bomb. I know, bad choice, but him and his friends put one together and took it to a field and blew it up. One of them thought they should bring it to school and put one in a toilet. This


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