*Project Islamic HOPE, a Los Angeles civil rights group, has launched a national petition campaign at Change.org in support of Courti Webb.
Webb is a San Francisco high school student who is facing possible expulsion for writing a dark poem about the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
“I understand the killings in Connecticut. I know why he pulled the trigger,” said Courtni Webb.
Those words in Webb’s poem prompted school officials at the Life Learning Academy on Treasure Island to suspend the 17-year-old senior until further notice.
“Why are we oppressed by a dysfunctional community of haters and blamers. The meaning of the poem is talking about society and how I understand why things like that incident happened. So it’s not like I’m agreeing with it, but that’s how the school made it seem,” said Webb.
She says she didn’t turn in the poem as an assignment; instead, the teacher discovered it in class and took it to the principal.
Webb says she’s turned in dark poems about suicide and sadness in the past with no problem. It’s a genre she likes. She says her poems are a therapeutic way of expressing herself, but now it’s up to the San Francisco Unified School District to decide if the poem is a form of art of a genuine threat to the safety of Webb’s fellow students.
“This school is over reacting Webb doesn’t have a history of violence. She didn’t threaten anybody. She didn’t threaten herself. She simply said she understood why. That shouldn’t be a reason to suspend her from school. Our petition is calling for Webb to be reinstated at school and can be found at change.org,” Stated Najee Ali director of Project Islamic HOPE and the petition organizer.
For more info, contact Project Islamic HOPE (323-275 8219) or Najee All ([email protected]).