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A California student who wrote a dark-themed poem about the Sandy Hook shootings is facing possible expulsion, KSDK-TV reports.

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Courtni Webb (pictured), a student at the Life Learning Academy on Treasure Island in San Francisco, deviated from the standard poem one might expect from the tragedy. Writing, “I understand the killings in Connecticut/I know why he pulled the trigger,” Webb’s words triggered a nervous response from her teacher, who then reported the poem to the school’s principal.

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School officials suspended Webb without further notice after reading the poem. Life Learning Academy has cited its violence policy as reasoning for the suspension. “The school takes a zero tolerance approach to violence or the threat of violence. Rule violations can result in expulsion,” a statement from the school read.

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Webb doesn’t agree that her poem was violent. “The meaning of the poem is talking about society and how I understand why things like that incident happened,” she said. “So it’s not like I’m agreeing with it, but that’s how the school made it seem.”

The 17-year-old says she previously turned in dark poems about suicide and sadness, all accepted before Sandy Hook.

“I feel like they’re over reacting,”¬†said Valarie Statham, Webb’s mother. “Why? Because my daughter doesn’t have a history of violence. She didn’t threaten anybody. She didn’t threaten herself. She simply said she understood why.”

The San Francisco Unified School District will determine if Webb’s poem constituted a threat or was simply free expression.

Student Suspended For Writing Dark Poem About Sandy Hook  was originally published on newsone.com

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