Check this poem out, posted at Bad Fortune Cookie (found via BoingBoing).
Of course, when a student writes a disturbing essay, what do we do in the post-VT massacre world? We lock him up! Freedom of speech be damned, we're locking people up for writing disturbing things!
Hysteria is such a bad thing. After the Colombine school massacres, for a while it became presumed criminal behavior to be a nerd in a trench coat.
Yeah, the disturbing writings of the VA Tech murderer were part of a larger pattern of warning signs that were all over the place suggesting that this was a guy that perhaps we should be scared of. But paying attention to those sorts of things is effort. It's much easier to go hysterical and treat any disturbing writing as something as dangerous as a 4oz bottle of liquid on an airplane, no matter what the source.
Keep some perspective, people. No need to lock up the kid with his funny little poem about the evil hamsters. And let us all bear in mind that the consequences of destroying freedom of expression are extremely severe and far-reaching.