High School Student Suspended for Poem on Sandy Hook Shooting

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A high school student has been suspended for a poem she wrote about the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Courtni Webb, 17, wrote the poem in a personal notebook about the Sandy Hook Elementary shooter, Adam Lanza, which was found by a teacher, according to reports. Webb wrote about what she felt were his reasons for the mass murder at the Connecticut school earlier this month.

Courtni, who writes ‘all types’ of poetry to express herself, told Today that she was just trying to express ‘her belief that tragedies in Sandy Hook happen because people feel helpless.’

But the contents of the poem prompted the school officials at the Life Learning Academy on Treasure Island, San Francisco, to suspend her. The school is a 60-pupil vocational school  that prides itself on being able to help students who have not been able to settle at other establishments.

Webb wrote: ‘I understand the killings in Connecticut. I know why he pulled the trigger.’ She went on to write: ‘Why are we oppressed by a dysfunctional community of haters and blamers?’

She says she has handed in poems dealing with dark issues and has not experienced any problems with them in the past. Webb says her poems are a therapeutic way of expressing herself and should not be over-analyzed.

‘For example, the only person I can think of would be like Stephen King. He writes weird stuff all the time. That doesn’t mean he’s gonna do it or act it out,’ said Webb.

‘I feel like they’re over reacting. Why? Because my daughter doesn’t have a history of violence. She didn’t threaten anybody. She didn’t threaten herself. She simply said she understood why,’ said her mother, Valerie Statham.

For now, Webb remains suspended until further notice. The San Francisco Unified School District are currently deciding about Courtni’s future at the school and if she poses genuine threat to the safety to her fellow students.