I know I promised to cut down on the 1984 references but after seeing an article over at Fark, I couldn't resist. According to CNN, six 14/15 year old girls have been charged in the US, for conspiring to kill their classmates, as well as a few 'others'. An extract:
School officials said the list, discovered in a classroom trash can, mostly named students and faculty members but also included Tom Cruise, Oprah Winfrey and the Energizer Bunny. Sequatchie County High School Principal Tommy Layne said that he initially considered it a joke, but that authorities then found the ninth-graders' online MySpace pages and postings that included the word "kill." "In general terms, it was like, 'Let's kill these people,'" Dunlap Police Chief Clint Huth said. He declined to provide the specific wording on the posting, which has been removed. "I am not saying we thwarted a shooting incident or an act of violence," Huth said. "On the other hand, had this gone unchecked, down the road it could have grown into something a whole lot more serious than a list of names."
Now perhaps this will turn out to be a hoax, but if the story is accurate, it is troubling. Most teenagers go through a period of hating people, be it their parents, teachers or just others in general. If we were to prosecute and convict every one that showed the slightest anti-social behaviour, then the already overburdened prison system would be in ruin. Teenage girls are hardly the scourge of society and I personally don't believe that the energizer bunny is capable of being murdered!
Kids, beware. Adults may be in charge (and might often know better) but there are some crazies out there who don't like what you're thinking. Again, you have been warned.Go Top