Marines reject recruit after violent school essay
Last update: April 27, 2007 – 9:01 PM
CHICAGO - Allen Lee was on the verge of realizing a dream to become a Marine after signing enlistment papers this month. But one violent, profanity-laced English essay later, the 18-year-old's future with the Marine Corps appears to be over.
Because of pending criminal charges stemming from his essay, Lee's recruiter told him Friday that the Marine Corps has discharged him from his contract, said Sgt. Luis R. Agostini, spokesman for the Marine Corps Recruiting Station Chicago.
The senior at suburban Cary-Grove High School was charged this week with two misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct after the principal turned his creative writing essay over to police.
"In light of recent events [at Virginia Tech], that is part of the context of what happened that makes the reaction all the more reasonable," said Tom Carroll, first assistant state's attorney in McHenry County.
Lee has a 4.2 grade-point average and never has been in trouble before, said his lawyer, Thomas Loizzo.
Loizzo said the charges are a product of paranoia, born of the massacre of 32 students at Virginia Tech by a social outcast who then killed himself.
The essay, written Monday, reads in part, "Blood, sex and booze. Drugs, drugs, drugs are fun. Stab, stab, stab, stab, stab, s...t...a...b...puke. So I had this dream last night where I went into a building, pulled out two P90s and started shooting everyone, then had sex with the dead bodies. Well, not really, but it would be funny if I did."
The charges could result in a $1,500 fine and as many as 30 days in jail if Lee is convicted.
M's teacher has a current events reading most days when she shares something from the morning paper. This one was intended to counter some images the teacher had seen around the class - apparently some students drawing violent images. The lesson is how early things we say and do can come back to get us as we grow older.
M was very upset - shaking and crying in class. We are very upset. The school seems to think we are overreacting.