November 26, 2001

WHO NEEDS TRIALS WHEN YOU HAVE THE MEDIA?

Already the news industry is up in arms over the alleged plot to perpetrate a Columbine-style attack on a Boston-area high school. Naturally, the suspects must be guilty. After all, the police found: i. instructions on bomb-making (readily downloadable from websites), ii. pictures of themselves holding weapons (possibly real weapons, possibly toys; either way, these pics can be purchased at carnivals and such), iii. notes describing how to conduct an attack on the school, and iv. statements one of the boys made about wanting to blow up the school (a la Bart Simpson). Haven't the police and all of these oh-so-concerned parents and school officials heard of fantasy?

To make matters worse, one of the boys now has to contend with a number of former friends and even a teacher talking shit about him now that he is locked up.