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Kentucky Fried Zombies

In an earlier post in my alternate journal, A Stop at Willoughby, I wrote about the case of William Poole, a Kentucky high school student who was arrested for writing what he called a “zombie story” that police believed threatened his high school and its students. It turns out that Poole’s grandparents had discovered the story in his journal, and after reading it, they were concerned enough to notify authorities.

The situation sent the blogosphere into overdrive, where people were calling Kentucky authorities every name in the book becuase they were stupidly cramping a student’s creativity by over-reacting. These same people, who were so quick to condemn the police for jumping to conclusions (while they themselves jumped to the conclusion that the student couldn’t have been making any real threats), likely won’t be mentioning the article I’m about to reference.

Since I believe in hearing both sides of the story, I direct you to a recent article in the Lexington Herald-Leader, which includes testimony from Winchester police Detective Steven Caudill, that Poole’s story not only wasn’t about “brain-eating dead folks,” (the story apparently never mentions the word “zombie” at all) but rather contained “evidence that he had tried to solicit seven fellow students to join him in a military organization called ‘No Limited Soldiers.'”

The writings, according to Caudill, describe a bloody shootout in “Zone 2,” the designation given to Clark County. Caudill also stated that the student “corresponded with someone in Barbourville who claimed to have acquired cash and guns in break-ins.”

In the spirit of maintaining both sides of the story, I am the first to acknowledge that it is entirely possible that Poole never intended to hurt anyone and was merely exercising creative freedom on paper. Until he is convicted of anything, we must assume that this is the case.

But after this new information that has been largely ignored by the bloggers who seem more interested in crucifying local police and the student’s grandparents who turned him in, one has to wonder what they would have said if nothing had beendone, and — hypothetically — an attack had subsequently occurred. Would these same finger pointers have been standing behind police, defending their lack of action that might have prevented the potential tragic outcome on the grounds that they didn’t stifle anyone’s creative endeavors?

Somehow, I doubt it.

Patrick is a Christian with more than 29 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.