Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Commenter: Free speech or attempt to incite violence?

The story about a teacher's comments made on the Boots and Sabers is still rumbling around the internet.

Yesterday, the AP had a story posted on Yahoo News about it.

The question now is whether or not the comments made by the school teacher are a matter of free speech or were they intended to incite violence.

In my opinion, the comments made by this individual were meant to rip on conservatives. Clearly meant to "incite" a negative reaction to conservatives.

Larry Dupuis, from the Wisconsin ACLU, was correct when he stated:

But the more reasonable explanation is this is somebody who is trying to mock the conservative view of teacher salaries.

Was the comment made meant to incite violence against school teachers and should the commenter have been arrested?

I suppose the only person that can really answer that question is James Buss, the commenter.

I am certain the police questioned the school teacher before making the arrest. You would think a adequate explanation to police by the school teacher would have ended this thing.

Did the teacher provide an adequate explanation about his comments when police questioned him?

I don't know.

Surely the police knew that they were arresting a school teacher and past union president when they arrested him.

Is this a free speech issue?

Most Americans know that a threat or a perceived threat is not protected under our free speech rights.

The police captain had this to say:

Police Capt. Toby Netko defended the arrest. He said the teacher who complained was disturbed by the reference to "one shot at a time" and other educators agreed it was a threat.

"What happens when you say bomb in an airport? That's free speech, isn't it?" he said. "And people are taken into custody for that all the time."

Did the police overreact?

I don't know.

As I said before, you would think a simple explanation from the teacher would have ended this.

I am more than a little curious as to what James Buss said to police that gave the police a reason to arrest him.

I am guessing more details will come out late.

We will see.

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