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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Sick to my stomach

I know no one really reads this site. I know I'm not really doing anything by posting here, BUT it makes me feel that way (maybe I am a liberal after all).... but I need to let someone, anyone else know about this disgusting shit the government is doing to us...

A kid builds a 3d map of his school for a 3d game. Teachers find out. Tell the FUCKING POLICE. They arrest him. The find a WEAPON in his house... A FUCKING HAMMER.... Then they ship him off to a FUCKING RE-EDUCATION CAMP!!!!!

IN AMERICA!!!!!!

WHAT CRIME DID HE COMMIT??????

I feel like I'm going to vomit.

Otter

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Chinese Community Rallies Behind Student Removed From Clements
by Bob Dunn, Apr 30, 2007, 11 57 am

Members of the area Chinese community have rallied behind a Clements High School senior who was removed from the campus and sent to M.R. Wood Alternative Education Center after parents complained he'd created a computer game map of Clements.

About 70 people attended the Fort Bend Independent School District's April 23 meeting to show support for the Clements senior and his mother, Jean Lin, who spoke to FBISD Board trustees in a closed session.

While an agenda document does not specify details, the board is holding a special meeting tonight to address the boy's actions and the discipline that was meted out as a result, sources close to the matter say. The boy's name was not identified last week, and the district has declined to discuss his case.

Richard Chen, president of the Fort Bend Chinese-American Voters League and a acquaintance of the boy's family, said he is a talented student who enjoys computer games and learned how to create maps (also sometimes known as "mods"), which provide new environments in which games may be played.

The map the boy designed mimicked Clements High School. And, sources said, it was uploaded either to the boy's home computer or to a computer server where he and his friends could access and play on it. Two parents apparently learned from their children about the existence of the game, and complained to FBISD administrators, who investigated.

"They arrested him," Chen said of FBISD police, "and also went to the house to search." The Lin family consented to the search, and a hammer was found in the boy's room, which he used to fix his bed, because it wasn't in good shape, Chen said. He indicated police seized the hammer as a potential weapon.

"They decided he was a terroristic threat," said one source close to the district's investigation.

Sources said that although no charges were filed against the boy, he was removed from Clements, sent to the district's alternate education school and won't be allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies with classmates.

"All he did was create a map and put it on a web site to allow students to play," Chen said. "The mother thinks this is too harsh."

FBISD officials declined to comment on the matter Monday. "Our challenge is, people in the community have freedom of speech and can say what they want, but we have laws" covering privacy issues, especially involving minors, that the district has to respect, said spokeswoman Nancy Porter.

Speakers at the FBISD Board's April 23 meeting alluded to the Clements senior's punishment, and drew a connection to the April 16 shootings at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, in which a Korean student shot and killed 32 people.

The Asian community "faces new pressures" as a result of the shootings, William Sun told board members. "We urge the school and community not to label our Asian students as terrorists."

"We should teach our children not to judge others harshly" and not to target people as being a threat because of their race, said Peter Woo, adding that the school district should lead the way in such efforts.

But Chen said Monday he and other community members don't consider FBISD's actions in the case to be racially motivated, and don't think they blew the incident out of proportion.

"They all think the principal has to do something - but how much? We do understand with the Virginia Tech incident...something has to be done," Chen said. "Someone just made a mistake, and we think the principal should understand that."

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5 Comments:

Blogger Kid Handsome said...

Dude: I totally read this site - all the really cool people do - and this is what too many people with nothing to do (govt.) have rought.

12:18 AM  
Blogger Kid Handsome said...

I'm missing a "W" in my last comment. You can figure out where.

12:19 AM  
Anonymous Badger said...

Classic over reaction, this isn't the only place it has happened. Some kid was arrested for a creative writing essay that was labled as disturbing in Seattle.

9:27 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

Instead of saying that this kid did something really cool, people would rather be paranoid. I'll admit that things are different than they used to be, but for God's sake he is just a kid.

Maybe you will come over to the dark side yet.

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