High School Student Suspended For Empathizing With Sandy Hook Shooter
Courtni Webb, who attends Learning Life Academy penned a work in which she showed understanding towards Lanza's shooting spree. Last month, the 20-year-old killed 27 people, including 20 children.
“I understand the killing in Connecticut. I know why he pulled the trigger,” she wrote in the poem. “Misery loves company. If I can't be loved no one can.” Further down in the poem, Webb makes statements like “society never wants to take the blame,” which alarmed her teacher.
Officials got word of the work, after a teacher found the poem in Webb's notebook and concluded that it “contained deeply concerning, and threatening language related to the recent school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.”
In an interview with NBC, Webb explained that her words were misunderstood. “Never in my life have I heard that you couldn't mention a tragedy that happened. I didn't say that I agree with it, I said I simply understand it,” she said, explaining
“I feel like they violated her freedom of speech,” Webb's mother added.
Webb could potentially be expelled for the poem.
Learning Life Academy, is a school for students who have been involved in the juvenile justice system.