SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – A 17-year-old high school student was suspended from her San Francisco high school after writing a poem about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
According to KGO-TV, the senior wrote a line saying “I understand the killings in Connecticut. I know why he pulled the trigger.”
The student told the station that “The meaning of the poem is just talking about society and how I understand why things like that incident happened. So it’s not like I’m agreeing with it.”
The student said the poem wasn’t turned in as an assignment but was discovered by a teacher who took it to the principal.
The principal made the decision to suspend the student until further notice.
The student said she has often written dark poems on subjects like suicide and sadness and turned them in with no problems. She said she enjoys the subject.
“For example, the only person I can think of would be Stephen King. He writes weird stuff all the time. That doesn’t mean he’s going to do it or act it out,” the student said.
It’s now up to the San Francisco school district to determine if the poem is a from or art or a genuine threat to the safety of the school.