‘I know why he pulled the trigger’: High school student, 17, suspended for writing a poem about Sandy Hook shooter
- Courtni Webb wrote the poem about the tragedy as a ‘therapeutic exercise’
- ‘I understand the killings… I know why he pulled the trigger,’ it reads
- Poem was later found by a teacher who handed it to the school principal
- Concerned school officials have suspend her until further notice
Courtni Webb wrote the poem in a personal notebook about Adam Lanza and what she felt were his reasons for the mass murder at the Connecticut school earlier this month.
On December 14, crazed Lanza gunned down 20 students, aged just six and seven, and six adults in one of the worst school shootings in American history.
Suspended: Courtni Webb, 17, who poem about the shooting tragedy
Causing controversy: ‘I understand the killings in Connecticut. I know why he pulled the trigger,’ wrote Courtni Webb in a poem
Action: The Life Learning Academy, a 60-pupil vocational school for students, suspended Courtni after reading the poem
He was armed with a high-powered rifle, similar to that used by US soldiers, two handguns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. Many of his victims were shot several times.
Authorities say he killed himself and also killed his mother at their home.
Killer: Adam Lanza gunned down 20 students, aged just six and seven, in one of the worst school shootings in American history. Many of his victims were shot several times
The close-knit community of Newtown is still struggling to come to terms with the scale of tragedy and to understand what could have led to the brutal rampage.
But the contents of the poem prompted the school officials at the Life Learning Academy on Treasure Island, San Francisco, to suspend her.
‘I understand the killings in Connecticut. I know why he pulled the trigger,’ wrote Courtni Webb.
‘Why are we oppressed by a dysfunctional community of haters and blamers?’
The poem was found in a personal notebook of Courtni’s by a teacher, reported examiner.com.
Courtni attends Connecticut’s Life Learning Academy, a 60-pupil vocational school that prides itself on being able to help students who have not been able to settle at other establishments.
She says in the past she has handed in poems dealing with dark issues and has not experienced any problems.
Her poems are a therapeutic way of expressing herself, explained the student, and should not be over-analysed.
‘For example, the only person I can think of would be like Stephen King. He writes weird stuff all the time. That doesn’t mean he’s gonna do it or act it out,’ said Webb.
‘I feel like they’re over reacting. Why? Because my daughter doesn’t have a history of violence. She didn’t threaten anybody. She didn’t threaten herself. She simply said she understood why,’ said her mother, Valerie Statham.
Outraged: ‘I feel like they’re over reacting. Why? Because my daughter doesn’t have a history of violence. She didn’t threaten anybody,’ said her mother, Valerie Statham, left
AN EXTRACT FROM THE POEM
They wanna hold me back
I run but still they still attack
My innocence, I won’t get back
I used to smile
They took my kindness for weakness
The silence the world will never get
I understand the killing in Conecticut
I know why he pulled the trigger
The government is a shame
Society never wants to take the blame
Society puts these thoughts in our head
Misery loves company
If I can’t be loved no one can
But for now, she is suspended until further notice.
The massacre, which President Obama yesterday described as ‘the worst day of my presidency’, has prompted a look into new gun controls and banning assault rifles such as AR-15 Bushmaster used by Lanza in his rampage.
The National Rifle Association has resisted those efforts vociferously, arguing instead that schools should have armed guards for protection.
Obama’s comments come as the schoolroom shooting has elevated the issue of gun violence to the forefront of public attention.
‘I am skeptical that the only answer is putting more guns in schools,’ Obama said.
‘And I think the vast majority of the American people are skeptical that that somehow is going to solve our problem.’