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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 04:54 PM

SF student suspended over Connecticut poem (about school shooter) [View all]

A San Francisco high school senior is suspended because of a poem she wrote which dealt with the school shooting in Connecticut. What she wrote has left officials with a dilemma.

It was a dark poem and in the wake of the Connecticut tragedy, it raised red flags and triggered a quick response by school officials. Now the student is facing the possibility of being expelled.

"I understand the killings in Connecticut. I know why he pulled the trigger," said Courtni Webb, the suspended student.

Those words in Webb's poem prompted school officials at the Life Learning Academy on Treasure Island to suspend the 17-year-old senior until further notice.

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She says she didn't turn in the poem as an assignment. Instead, the teacher discovered it in class and took it to the principal. But Webb says she's turned in dark poems about suicide and sadness in the past with no problem. It's a genre she likes.

full: http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/san_francisco&id=8934233

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