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Boy Charged With Making Terror Threats

We almost missed this bit of craziness from the Fox News affiliate in Atlanta, MyFox Atlanta:

Autistic Boy Charged with Making Terroristic Threats in Stick Figure Drawing

Teen drew two stick figures, one with gun

Reported By: Denise Dillon

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. (MyFOX ATLANTA) – A Fulton County mother was outraged Wednesday that her autistic son was suspended and charged with a felony over a picture he drew. The 14 year old is a student at Ridgeview Charter School in Atlanta.

Shane Finn’s mother said he was in a special needs class when he drew a picture of two stick figures, and one had a gun.

The eighth grade boy’s picture depicted a stick figure with a gun that was labeled "me." The figure was shooting another figure that had his teacher’s name above it.

The picture led to Finn being suspended, and he is now facing criminal charges.

"They’ve pressed felony charges for terroristic threats," said the teen’s mother, Karen Finn. "It’s that sweeping zero tolerance and I think it’s ridiculous."

Finn said her son drew the picture on the page of a school assignment where his teacher would easily see it. Finn says her son doesn’t really understand why he’s in trouble. Finn said her son is autistic and has the mental capacity of a third grader.

"It really breaks my heart because he’s a really nice kid and this is obviously from his disability. He really doesn’t have a good way of expressing anger, frustration," Finn said.

Finn said she wasn’t proud of the picture her son drew, but she said the punishment was much too severe.

"I think there needs to be some sort of common sense used with the school system. That a 14-year-old autistic boy who does not understand what he’s done or what he’s drawn, has an IQ of 75 should not be charged with a felony. It’s outrageous," Finn said.

School authorities could not say much about the student because of privacy laws, but they did confirm that Shane will face a tribunal and is being charged with making terroristic threats.

Thank goodness we know who the real enemy is in our war on terror.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, May 15th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Boy Charged With Making Terror Threats”

  1. proreason says:

    Holder isn’t afraid of this kid. Not in the least.

    • JohnMG says:

      Oh, I don’t know. The kid IS fourteen years old. It’s not like he’s an Elian Gonzales or something!

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    ” That a 14-year-old autistic boy who does not understand what he’s done or what he’s drawn, has an IQ of 75 should not be charged with a felony. It’s outrageous,” Finn said.

    See, now, there.

    Unfortunately, that argument only works with liberals. As in, that’s their defense 99% of the time when they need an excuse. Real, honest-to-god mental deficiency is a crime against the state however, and must be dealt with.

    In other words, ANYONE who has any disagreement with this regime is an enemy of the state.

  3. Right of the People says:

    “Oh my god, they’re killing retards now!” from The Big Easy.

    This is PC run amok! I’m glad I’m not going to school now, I’d be either in the principle’s office or suspended every week. We used to draw crap like this in our notebooks daily.

    Were’s my Wild Turkey?

  4. Mithrandir says:


    I did a lengthy report in college about ‘zero tolerance’ 10 years ago, and the schools were an absolute embarrassment then, and it’s hard to believe they are even worse now.

    Once you realize that school administrators have almost NO classroom experience, or weren’t any good at it, and the teaching staff is a collection of the dumbest students on campus, you begin to realize how this system cannot possibly go well for anyone….

  5. AcornsRNutz says:

    and yet here in massadipshits, we have libs blowing their stack over a 18 year old going to prison for randomly killing another high school student in a bathroom in cold blood. His defence? “Aspburgers(sp?)”, which in his case they characterize as having very high aIQ but “poor social skills”. So autistic kids drawing a childish threat picture is legally equivalent to actually stabbing someone a number of times. Wait until the “bullying” crap comes to a neighborhood near you. The lib soccer moms will love it until its their kids being indicted for calling someone fat on facebook. I even find myself agreeing with the local ACLU guys on the bullying thing. Bottom line, up is down and hot is cold these days. We haven’t got long at this rate.

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