By Rori Black
CU Boulder student, Max Karson, was arrested April 19th after he mentioned that he understood the motivations of school shooters. Other students interpreted that this was a threat of future violence and called the authorities.
He was arrested on “on suspicion of interfering with staff, faculty or students of an educational institution.” For voicing an opinion. For practicing his first amendment rights. If everyone else get to assume his motives, I’m going to assume that he was actually adding to a one-sided, non-productive vilifying of Cho that didn’t address deeper problems such as mental illness and domestic violence.
If one can get detained or arrested because a jumpy country interprets your words and actions as threats, we might just have well instituted TIPS, Terrorism Information and Prevention System, wherein citizens could rat on the general public as threats to Homeland Security.
You may remember when six Muslims were removed from a US Airways flight after their pre-boarding prayer. “In a statement to police, a US Airways gate agent wrote that three of the men prayed in Arabic at the gate. ‘I was suspicious by the way they were praying very loud,’ the gate agent said.” Not LOUD! Anything but loud. Maybe Christians on old tent revivals should tone it down a little, as well?
When did America adopt the policies of the Stasi?
Overreaction does not begin with “suspicious” adults. Unruly six year old girls can be hauled off in handcuffs after a temper tantrum. No, this isn’t The Onion:
Avon Park police chief Frank Mercurio tells Krugman, “The student became violent. She was yelling, screaming — just being uncontrollable. Defiant. “But after Herbert responded, “But she was 6,” Mercurio’s reply came faster than a speeding bullet: “Do you think this is the first 6-year-old we’ve arrested?'”
Mercurio adds, “Believe me when I tell you, a 6-year-old can inflict injury to you just as much as any other person.” … I asked the chief if anyone had been hurt. “Yes,” he said. At least one woman reported “some redness.”
“You can’t handcuff them on their wrists because their wrists are too small, so you have to handcuff them up by their biceps.”
So watch what you say or do, some do-gooder with Flight 93 fantasies might overpower you or have you arrested. Make sure you don’t press certain, undefined envelopes.