Saturday, October 23, 2004

These are the goons we are supposed to rely on: "The Rock Hill [SC] Police Department is investigating why an officer used an electric stun gun on a 75-year-old woman who refused to leave a nursing home where she had gone to visit an ailing friend. The woman, Margaret Kimbrell, said she suffered bruises on her leg and face after she was knocked to the floor by the force of the weapon, called a Taser."

Backing for gun photo: "Londonderry High School senior Blake Douglass' attorney yesterday said some students have offered Douglass support in his fight to get the picture of him with his shotgun published in the yearbook. Attorney Penny Dean also said she will file her client's suit in federal court next week seeking financial damages. Dean will request an injunction to delay the yearbook's publishing and seek damages, although she will not suggest an amount. 'I can put a dollar figure on a car or property, but constitutional rights are priceless,' Dean said."

Gun poetry illegal: "A 17-year-old Humboldt High School student has pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct after being caught using the St. Paul school's computers to write poetry with graphic references to guns, death and suicide, authorities reported Monday. The boy was arrested Thursday night after a notebook with the writings was discovered at the school, located on St. Paul's West Side. He made his plea Friday, the Ramsey County attorney's office reported. The student's name was not released, because he is a minor and because the charge he faced was not a felony. St. Paul police said Monday that the student did not make specific threats against anyone or mention the school in the writings. But his work caused concern because it referred to guns, death and suicide."

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