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2014-08-27 04:42:27 PM  
If they knew of the books and did nothing, and the teacher then killed a bunch of kids, people would rightly be outraged that red flags were ignored.
 
2014-08-27 04:42:35 PM  
They must have been fairly poorly written.
Either that, or our nation is made up of chicken littles.
 
2014-08-27 05:06:00 PM  

a particular individual: If they knew of the books and did nothing, and the teacher then killed a bunch of kids, people would rightly be outraged that red flags were ignored.


Every fiction writer is now a suspect. Brilliant.
 
2014-08-27 05:07:32 PM  
I keep thinking there has to be more to this, but the guy is writing sci-fi -- the story takes place in the year 2902 according to the Amazon description.
 
2014-08-27 05:12:26 PM  

thismomentinblackhistory: I keep thinking there has to be more to this, but the guy is writing sci-fi -- the story takes place in the year 2902 according to the Amazon description.


So they can prepare for the tragedy...methodically.
 
2014-08-27 05:19:01 PM  
Well, that's horrifying.
 
2014-08-27 05:21:06 PM  
Dr. K.S. Voltaer is better known by some in Dorchester County as Patrick McLaw, or even Patrick Beale.

For some reason that sentence sounds hilarious to me.
 
2014-08-27 05:21:40 PM  
I grew up in that town and attended that school.  Despite descriptions of it as a "suburban school", it is in a rural town of 11,000 people surrounded by farmers and fishermen.

I wouldn't be surprised at all if someone in law enforcement has gone off the rails here.  The alert was raised by officials in Wicomico County, which is an adjacent county where the "perp" lives.  Either the guy was stockpiling nukes at home or Deputy Dawg got set off by the scary books and "aliases".

Here's an article from a local paper with more info.
http://www.stardem.com/easternshore/news/dorchester_county/article_4 36 429cd-6151-5000-b068-3d2baf3d34fd.html
 
2014-08-27 05:27:06 PM  
Fun Fact: When I started school there the county schools were segregated, with completely separate systems for black and white students.  The Mace's Lane Middle School building was the black high school.
 
2014-08-27 05:32:04 PM  

R.A.Danny: a particular individual: If they knew of the books and did nothing, and the teacher then killed a bunch of kids, people would rightly be outraged that red flags were ignored.

Every fiction writer

with two aliases teaching middle school and writing novels about a mass school shooting is now a suspect. Brilliant.

FTFY
 
2014-08-27 05:33:28 PM  

a particular individual: R.A.Danny: a particular individual: If they knew of the books and did nothing, and the teacher then killed a bunch of kids, people would rightly be outraged that red flags were ignored.

Every fiction writer with two aliases teaching middle school and writing novels about a mass school shooting is now a suspect. Brilliant.

FTFY


That somehow trumps his First Amendment rights? Either you are a terrible troll or you... I can't say on Fark.
 
2014-08-27 05:34:26 PM  

a particular individual: R.A.Danny: a particular individual: If they knew of the books and did nothing, and the teacher then killed a bunch of kids, people would rightly be outraged that red flags were ignored.

Every fiction writer with two aliasespen namesteaching middle school and writing novels about a mass school shooting is now a suspect. Brilliant.

FTFY


FTFY
 
2014-08-27 05:35:11 PM  

R.A.Danny: a particular individual: R.A.Danny: a particular individual: If they knew of the books and did nothing, and the teacher then killed a bunch of kids, people would rightly be outraged that red flags were ignored.

Every fiction writer with two aliases teaching middle school and writing novels about a mass school shooting is now a suspect. Brilliant.

FTFY

That somehow trumps his First Amendment rights? Either you are a terrible troll or you... I can't say on Fark.


Or he can go make you a sandwich?
 
2014-08-27 05:37:26 PM  

namegoeshere: a particular individual: R.A.Danny: a particular individual: If they knew of the books and did nothing, and the teacher then killed a bunch of kids, people would rightly be outraged that red flags were ignored.

Every fiction writer with two aliasespen names teaching middle school and writing novels about a mass school shooting is now a suspect. Brilliant.

FTFY

FTFY


Are we sure it's a nom de plume and not a nom de guerre?

/nom nom nom.
 
2014-08-27 05:40:12 PM  

Snarfangel: R.A.Danny: a particular individual: R.A.Danny: a particular individual: If they knew of the books and did nothing, and the teacher then killed a bunch of kids, people would rightly be outraged that red flags were ignored.

Every fiction writer with two aliases teaching middle school and writing novels about a mass school shooting is now a suspect. Brilliant.

FTFY

That somehow trumps his First Amendment rights? Either you are a terrible troll or you... I can't say on Fark.

Or he can go make you a sandwich?


Do not disparage attractive and successful sandwich making Americans.
 
2014-08-27 05:41:00 PM  

Snarfangel: namegoeshere: a particular individual: R.A.Danny: a particular individual: If they knew of the books and did nothing, and the teacher then killed a bunch of kids, people would rightly be outraged that red flags were ignored.

Every fiction writer with two aliasespen names teaching middle school and writing novels about a mass school shooting is now a suspect. Brilliant.

FTFY

FTFY

Are we sure it's a nom de plume and not a nom de guerre?

/nom nom nom.


 Police said that under those names, he wrote two fictional books about the largest school shooting in the country's history set in the future.

Sure sounds like nom de plume to me. Which if you teach and write anything other than Christian Inspirational feel good stories is a damn good idea.
 
2014-08-27 05:41:57 PM  
A language arts teacher that isn't allowed to practice language arts. Next you're going to tell me about the shop teacher who isn't allowed to have sharp tools, or the home-ec teacher who isn't allowed to prepare food because it goes against the lunch lady union.
 
2014-08-27 05:45:21 PM  
Well, crap, guess I can't go near Emma Watson or Dobby based on what I've written.
 
2014-08-27 06:19:26 PM  
So when is DHS going to visit Stephen King?
 
2014-08-27 06:42:01 PM  

LIGAFF: I grew up in that town and attended that school.  Despite descriptions of it as a "suburban school", it is in a rural town of 11,000 people surrounded by farmers and fishermen.

I wouldn't be surprised at all if someone in law enforcement has gone off the rails here.  The alert was raised by officials in Wicomico County, which is an adjacent county where the "perp" lives.  Either the guy was stockpiling nukes at home or Deputy Dawg got set off by the scary books and "aliases".

Here's an article from a local paper with more info.
http://www.stardem.com/easternshore/news/dorchester_county/article_4 36 429cd-6151-5000-b068-3d2baf3d34fd.html


What's the demography of that town?  Is this guy a little more swarthy than they're comfortable with perhaps?
 
2014-08-27 06:47:41 PM  

doyner: What's the demography of that town? Is this guy a little more swarthy than they're comfortable with perhaps?


Not really:

[In the 2010 census t]he racial makeup of [Cambridge, MD] was 47.9% African American, 45.9% White, 0.4% Native American, 1.3% Asian, 2.0% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.9% of the population.
 
2014-08-27 06:49:24 PM  

a particular individual: If they knew of the books and did nothing, and the teacher then killed a bunch of kids, people would rightly be outraged that red flags were ignored.


A home search for guns, sure. But a forced psych eval?  That's a bit much.
 
2014-08-27 06:50:09 PM  

doyner: Is this guy a little more swarthy negro than they're comfortable with perhaps?


He's black, not Italian.
 
2014-08-27 06:55:34 PM  

Lsherm: a particular individual: If they knew of the books and did nothing, and the teacher then killed a bunch of kids, people would rightly be outraged that red flags were ignored.

A home search for guns, sure. But a forced psych eval?  That's a bit much.


I'd endorse a forced psych eval for GRRM if it meant he'd finish the series.
 
2014-08-27 07:02:40 PM  
Wouldn't it be ironic if the panic caused because of a fictional book that depicts the largest school shooting in the country's history ends up resulting in the largest civil award against a municipality and school district in the country's history?

And now they can bet that very many students at the school are going to buy those books.
 
2014-08-27 07:14:00 PM  
oh come on, it's a black guy? fark. Give those damn people a break sometimes. Be hard on someone else. Maybe give that 9 year old with the Uzi the electric chair. That's police in AZ right?
 
2014-08-27 07:16:55 PM  

LIGAFF: Fun Fact: When I started school there the county schools were segregated, with completely separate systems for black and white students.  The Mace's Lane Middle School building was the black high school.


You sound old.
 
2014-08-27 07:18:06 PM  

vudukungfu: They must have been fairly poorly written.
Either that, or our nation is made up of chicken littles.


static.comicvine.com
 
2014-08-27 07:18:30 PM  
Huh, I wonder why they did tha...

wboc.images.worldnow.com

Oh, now I see.
 
2014-08-27 07:19:00 PM  

namegoeshere: a particular individual: R.A.Danny: a particular individual: If they knew of the books and did nothing, and the teacher then killed a bunch of kids, people would rightly be outraged that red flags were ignored.

Every fiction writer with two aliasespen namesteaching middle school and writing novels about a mass school shooting a trending topic in an environment he is familiar with is now a suspect. Brilliant.

FTFY

FTFY


Further fixes
 
2014-08-27 07:19:52 PM  
I know I had a first amendment around here somewhere. I think it fell out of my pocket. Has anyone seen it?
 
2014-08-27 07:20:09 PM  

Lsherm: a particular individual: If they knew of the books and did nothing, and the teacher then killed a bunch of kids, people would rightly be outraged that red flags were ignored.

A home search for guns, sure. But a forced psych eval?  That's a bit much.


Both of which are unlawful.
 
2014-08-27 07:20:11 PM  
It will turn out that everyone involved with the arrest is also a writer and is really pissed off that he was on the verge of a much better book deal. It's not like Pierce who wrote the Turner Diaries was ever considered a threat or arrested, of course Pierce was never suspected of Writing While Black.
 
2014-08-27 07:21:14 PM  

OtherLittleGuy: Lsherm: a particular individual: If they knew of the books and did nothing, and the teacher then killed a bunch of kids, people would rightly be outraged that red flags were ignored.

A home search for guns, sure. But a forced psych eval?  That's a bit much.

I'd endorse a forced psych eval for GRRM if it meant he'd finish the series.


Try being a fan of the War Against The Chtorr.

Also, school shootings in 2902? 888 years in the future? Isn't that roughly like having a book written about the threat of another Norman Conquest of England in modern times? Pretty sure schools will not even closely resemble what we have in the current era.
 
2014-08-27 07:21:41 PM  
wboc.images.worldnow.com

Is it just me, or do those glasses look like they were 'shopped on?
 
2014-08-27 07:21:47 PM  

Lsherm: a particular individual: If they knew of the books and did nothing, and the teacher then killed a bunch of kids, people would rightly be outraged that red flags were ignored.

A home search for guns, sure. But a forced psych eval?  That's a bit much.


Why? Did I miss the part of the Bill of Rights where if you use the 1st amendment you lose the 2nd, the 4th, and the rest?
Is it illegal for published authors to own guns?
 
2014-08-27 07:22:02 PM  
Let's analyze a sample of his writing.

"What the hell happened?" Keith inquires miserably.
"That's my question," Kristyn retorts sharply.


Two characters with names that start with the same letter. That's a federal offense right there.

Doesn't use 'said' but does use verbs and adverbs that would make J.K. Rowling blush. Lock this guy up in a padded room right now.
 
2014-08-27 07:22:19 PM  

R.A.Danny: a particular individual: R.A.Danny: a particular individual: If they knew of the books and did nothing, and the teacher then killed a bunch of kids, people would rightly be outraged that red flags were ignored.

Every fiction writer with two aliases teaching middle school and writing novels about a mass school shooting is now a suspect. Brilliant.

FTFY

That somehow trumps his First Amendment rights? Either you are a terrible troll or you... I can't say on Fark.


A random fiction writer who would write a story about the President being assassinated would be one thing. A White House aide writing it in his/her free time would be something else.

It's the matter of the proximity of the subject matter and one's real life context. Is the writer taking notes from his life, knowing intimate details that would make the story believable and interesting or is it someone in the first steps of a fantasy that may spill into reality?

I can see people be worried about this kind of stuff. Yes, there's the whole first amendment thing but any time there's a shooting people point out that there were clues that were ignored. This is one of those "uncomfortably close" situations.
 
2014-08-27 07:22:36 PM  
Little Susie's eager eyes grew with wonder and she wiggled in her seat as Mr. Weiner continued his lecture on the more obscure mating habits of the bonobo.  She thought this might be too advanced for 11th grade biology but she knew she was ready to learn.

wait. futuristic school shootings?

/got nothing
 
2014-08-27 07:22:59 PM  

R.A.Danny: a particular individual: R.A.Danny: a particular individual: If they knew of the books and did nothing, and the teacher then killed a bunch of kids, people would rightly be outraged that red flags were ignored.

Every fiction writer with two aliases teaching middle school and writing novels about a mass school shooting is now a suspect. Brilliant.

FTFY

That somehow trumps his First Amendment rights? Either you are a terrible troll or you... I can't say on Fark.


Repor----

/caught yourself
//I'm watchin yoo!
///masticatory slashies!!!
 
2014-08-27 07:23:11 PM  
It's a good thing that nobody ever came up with fiction involving the taking over and taking down of The White House. We would see someone sent straight to Guantanamo Bay.
 
2014-08-27 07:23:46 PM  
He is currently at a location known to law enforcement and does not currently have the ability to travel anywhere

So we're into secret detentions these days? Is it Gitmo?
 
2014-08-27 07:24:01 PM  

Boojum2k: OtherLittleGuy: Lsherm: a particular individual: If they knew of the books and did nothing, and the teacher then killed a bunch of kids, people would rightly be outraged that red flags were ignored.

A home search for guns, sure. But a forced psych eval?  That's a bit much.

I'd endorse a forced psych eval for GRRM if it meant he'd finish the series.

Try being a fan of the War Against The Chtorr.

Also, school shootings in 2902? 888 years in the future? Isn't that roughly like having a book written about the threat of another Norman Conquest of England in modern times? Pretty sure schools will not even closely resemble what we have in the current era.


That's what Robespierre said
 
2014-08-27 07:24:06 PM  
And also, S.M. Stirling's Law applies here:

There is a technical term for someone who confuses the opinions of a character in a book with those of the author. That term is idiot.
 
2014-08-27 07:24:23 PM  
Good thing that author who nuked the football game in his book and also wrote about crashing a plane into the capitol building during a State of the union speech died before they could put him in the fema canps.
 
2014-08-27 07:24:30 PM  
Too bad. His hobby should have been collecting guns, not writing about them.
 
2014-08-27 07:24:48 PM  
Oh my god, the comments in TFA are - wait, they are mostly encouraging. WTF?
 
2014-08-27 07:24:54 PM  

Decillion: Let's analyze a sample of his writing.

"What the hell happened?" Keith inquires miserably.
"That's my question," Kristyn retorts sharply.

Two characters with names that start with the same letter. That's a federal offense right there.

Doesn't use 'said' but does use verbs and adverbs that would make J.K. Rowling blush. Lock this guy up in a padded room right now.


http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SaidBookism
 
2014-08-27 07:25:08 PM  

ChubbyTiger: I know I had a first amendment around here somewhere. I think it fell out of my pocket. Has anyone seen it?


the 2nd and the 4th apparently fell out with it.
 
2014-08-27 07:25:29 PM  

nmrsnr: doyner: What's the demography of that town? Is this guy a little more swarthy than they're comfortable with perhaps?

Not really:

[In the 2010 census t]he racial makeup of [Cambridge, MD] was 47.9% African American, 45.9% White, 0.4% Native American, 1.3% Asian, 2.0% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.9% of the population.


As we all know, a majority population of African Americans in a small community always results in fair treatment of African Americans in that community.......................

Or, you know.

www.lp.org
 
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