Friday, March 04, 2005
With Grandparents Like These, Who Needs Big Brother, Part II 
by Lenka Reznicek [permalink] 
An update on yesterday's post on the Kentucky grandparents who turned their grandson in to police after finding a "killer zombies" fiction story in his journal; first, thank you to Bidisha Banerjee at Slate who mentioned and linked the post in Abortion Roll Call last night!

A anonymous commenter at Life of Brian claims to know the Poole family, and states that the arrest was not William Poole's first. It's hard to judge the commenter's veracity, since he/she mentions no names or identifying information; "I know his sister" isn't much to go on. But, the story gets interesting. A Friday, February 25th piece from the AP reads:
WINCHESTER, Ky. - An 18-year-old high school student was in jail Friday, charged with threatening an armed takeover of his school. William Poole, a junior at George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester, was arrested Thursday at school on a terroristic threatening charge.

The arrest came after a tip from a family member that Pool was trying to "recruit a gang to take over the school," Detective Berl Perdue said. "He didn't have a gang, but he was attempting to organize one," Perdue said.

Police said writings in which Poole tried to persuade other students to take part in the takeover were found. "We don't know who's included in this," George Rogers Clark Principal John Atkins said. "That's what we're working on, to see if there were other individuals involved. ... We're not sure that there are."
This story says the writings talk about a gang of students Poole was allegedly recruiting to take over the school - no mention of killer zombies. What's the truth here? The inconsistency is more than a little strange.