Academic Horror Story (Virginia Tech)

In an undergraduate poetry class, Joe Newbury writes,

The first assignment [was] to write a one-page description of our influences and what they meant to us. I submitted a tongue-in-cheek, but graphic and flamboyantly described list: Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, [and] a woman I’d slept with who had a giant mole on her rear end.

After this, his teachers forwarded all his work to the university administration, without telling him (and later denying it). Somehow this forwarded work showed he was dangerous. Eventually a cop told him,

“I believe you are a threat to yourself and to the people around you. If the University is not going to do anything about it, I will.’ She then announced that she was contacting Social Services to have my daughter taken away.

Because of something he wrote in poetry class.

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