Lex18.com has coverage you can count on – like a story about a boy who wrote of zombies attacking his school and him getting arrested on suspicion of terrorism.
Winchester police say William Poole, 18, was taken into custody Tuesday morning. Investigators say they discovered materials at Poole’s home that outline possible acts of violence aimed at students, teachers, and police.
Poole told LEX 18 that the whole incident is a big misunderstanding. He claims that what his grandparents found in his journal and turned into police was a short story he wrote for English class.
“My story is based on fiction,” said Poole, who faces a second-degree felony terrorist threatening charge. “It’s a fake story. I made it up. I’ve been working on one of my short stories, (and) the short story they found was about zombies. Yes, it did say a high school. It was about a high school over ran by zombies.”
Even so, police say the nature of the story makes it a felony. “Anytime you make any threat or possess matter involving a school or function it’s a felony in the state of Kentucky,” said Winchester Police detective Steven Caudill.
Good thing they didn’t film Buffy the Vampire Slayer in Kentucky. Sunnydale High blew up at the end of season three.
It would be funny if it weren’t so sad. Just when did imagination become a weapon and an idea a convictible crime?
I realize threats against schools and children are serious deals and need to be monitored but really, is this the best use of a police force? Coming down on a kid for a zombie story? How in the hell can they justify a $5000 bond?
Nobody reacts with sense anymore, do they? It’s all about preemptive reaction now. There might be a threat so go overboard when clamping it down, just to be sure. Why did the grandparents take the journal to the police instead of asking their grandson what it meant? What is up with that? I guess you can’t trust anybody now. Nobody really wants to get to the truth do they? They’d rather find a way to justify their assumptions.
I’m weirdly reminded of that situation in Missouri last year with the stuffed monkey that was hanging in a fire station. Some people at the station assumed it was a hatred-inspired racial slur and got all hot and bothered over it. Instead, the firefighter responsible had only hung the toy so it could dry. That was it. The FBI were still called in to investigate, though. And, as an added twist, someone later hanged a box of crackers and the FBI were called in again because these kinds of crimes are worth bothering the FBI over. I guess they could have been hate crimes given the emotional tensions around the firehouse at the time, but it’s also possible people just jumped to the wrong conclusion. It looks like that’s what the FBI determined.
Though the incident may have unintentionally provoked tempers in a department already divided by race, it was not a hate crime, according to the FBI.
“There was no noose,” said John Gillies, special agent in charge of the FBI office here. “No noose. No hatred.” The stuffed animal, Gillies said, had been in the fire department for weeks.
His comment follows a version of events offered by the firefighters’ union. The president of Local 73 said earlier that the monkey had been found at a fire scene and placed on the coat rack to dry.
Gillies also dismissed as a “firehouse prank” an apparent response at another station, where a box of crackers was hung up.
Even so, there may still be some repercussions from the inquiry. Gillies said the FBI uncovered potential violations of internal policies that could be investigated later by the fire department. Gillies declined to identify the nature of the possible infractions.
According to the mayor’s office, the fire department will not launch its own review until a final report is prepared by the FBI. The FBI, though, is itself looking at threats that were sparked by the monkey incident and left in the comment section of an Internet blog.
“If you are offended by what you believe happened and then make threats … that’s equally wrong,” Gillies said.
All in all, I’m glad I’m not in law enforcement.