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Old 05-03-2007   #1
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Student Transferred After Making Counter-Strike Map Of School

Student transferred for making Counter-strike map based on school

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A senior at Clements High School in Sugar Land, Texas was transferred to an alternative education center last month after it was learned that the student had created a map of his school in the online game Counter-Strike, according to a report on the community-focused site Fort Bend Now.

The student wasn't arrested or charged with any crimes, but police were called in to search his home, where they found five swords. Police also ordered the student to erase the game and maps from his computer.

Between the game's violent content, the discovery of the swords (which Fort Bend Now reports may have been decorative), and other as-yet-unrevealed information, officials with the Fort Bend Independent School District labeled the situation "level 3," which mandated the transfer to the alternative school. According to Fort Bend Now, "level 3" is code for a student who "engages in conduct relating to a false alarm or report (including a bomb threat) or a terroristic threat involving a public school."

Currently there is a split on the school district's board of trustees, with a pair of trustees publicly suggesting the transfer was an overreaction and pushing for a public meeting at which the disciplinary issue might be resolved. However, some of their fellow trustees and the school board administration are standing by the move.

"Ever since Columbine, anything that remotely looks like a threat has to be taken very seriously," Fort Bend Now quotes FBISD spokesperson Mary Ann Simpson as saying. "The minute we don't, something serious is going to happen."

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Chinese Community Rallies Behind Student Removed From Clements

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by Bob Dunn, Apr 30, 2007, 11 57 am

Members of the area Chinese community have rallied behind a Clements High School senior who was removed from the campus and sent to M.R. Wood Alternative Education Center after parents complained he’d created a computer game map of Clements.

About 70 people attended the Fort Bend Independent School District’s April 23 meeting to show support for the Clements senior and his mother, Jean Lin, who spoke to FBISD Board trustees in a closed session.

While an agenda document does not specify details, the board is holding a special meeting tonight to address the boy’s actions and the discipline that was meted out as a result, sources close to the matter say. The boy’s name was not identified last week, and the district has declined to discuss his case.

Richard Chen, president of the Fort Bend Chinese-American Voters League and a acquaintance of the boy’s family, said he is a talented student who enjoys computer games and learned how to create maps (also sometimes known as “mods”), which provide new environments in which games may be played.

The map the boy designed mimicked Clements High School. And, sources said, it was uploaded either to the boy’s home computer or to a computer server where he and his friends could access and play on it. Two parents apparently learned from their children about the existence of the game, and complained to FBISD administrators, who investigated.

“They arrested him,” Chen said of FBISD police, “and also went to the house to search.” The Lin family consented to the search, and a hammer was found in the boy’s room, which he used to fix his bed, because it wasn’t in good shape, Chen said. He indicated police seized the hammer as a potential weapon.

“They decided he was a terroristic threat,” said one source close to the district’s investigation.

Sources said that although no charges were filed against the boy, he was removed from Clements, sent to the district’s alternate education school and won’t be allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies with classmates.

“All he did was create a map and put it on a web site to allow students to play,” Chen said. “The mother thinks this is too harsh.”

FBISD officials declined to comment on the matter Monday. “Our challenge is, people in the community have freedom of speech and can say what they want, but we have laws” covering privacy issues, especially involving minors, that the district has to respect, said spokeswoman Nancy Porter.

Speakers at the FBISD Board’s April 23 meeting alluded to the Clements senior’s punishment, and drew a connection to the April 16 shootings at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, in which a Korean student shot and killed 32 people.

The Asian community “faces new pressures” as a result of the shootings, William Sun told board members. “We urge the school and community not to label our Asian students as terrorists.”

“We should teach our children not to judge others harshly” and not to target people as being a threat because of their race, said Peter Woo, adding that the school district should lead the way in such efforts.

But Chen said Monday he and other community members don’t consider FBISD’s actions in the case to be racially motivated, and don’t think they blew the incident out of proportion.

“They all think the principal has to do something – but how much? We do understand with the Virginia Tech incident…something has to be done,” Chen said. “Someone just made a mistake, and we think the principal should understand that.”
Computer Game Violence Level, Confiscated Swords Led To Student's Removal

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by Bob Dunn, May 01, 2007, 09 00 pm

Police discovered five swords in the bedroom of a Clements High School senior whose home they searched after getting complaints about a 3-D computer “shoot-‘em-up” game map the student designed, which depicted a portion of the school.

That information surfaced in a Fort Bend Independent School District Police Department report released Tuesday, and was confirmed by several district officials who also revealed other details about the case for the first time.

The student, whose name has not been released, was not arrested or charged by FBISD police, however, he was removed from Clements and transferred to M.R. Wood Alternative Education Center several days ago. Officials said he also complied with a police order to delete the game and game maps from his computer.

FBISD officials said Tuesday school administrators weighed the violent nature of the computer game – a modified version of Counterstrike – along with the discovery of swords in the boy’s room, and other undisclosed information, and decided to classify the matter as a “Level 3” situation.

The district’s student handbook defines “Level 3” as an incident in which a student “engages in conduct relating to a false alarm or report (including a bomb threat) or a terroristic threat involving a public school.” A Level 3 incident, according to district policy, results in mandatory transfer to M.R. Wood.

Two sources close to the case said it’s questionable whether the swords were usable as weapons, indicating they may have been decorative.

The incident came to light after the boy’s mother, Jean Lin, expressed her concern over her son’s punishment to FBISD Board trustees in an executive session during an April 23 meeting. About 70 members of the area Chinese community also attended the meeting to show support for the family. Some said the boy and his family were upset to learn he may not be allowed to attend graduation ceremonies with this Clements classmates.

The matter erupted into a political controversy on Monday, at what was to have been a special FBISD board meeting, called by trustees Ken Bryant and Stan Magee to discuss the boy’s case further.

Board President Steve Smelley and trustees Laurie Caldwell, Cynthia Knox and Sonal Bhuchar failed to show for the meeting. With only Trustee Lisa Rickert, Bryant and Magee, the board had no quorum and the meeting had to be abruptly canceled, much to the chagrin of many of the 120 or so people who showed up in support of the Lin family.

On Tuesday, Magee and Bryant called for another special meeting (see related story).

School district officials initially declined to discuss any details of the case, citing privacy concerns and a general policy against revealing information about disciplinary cases.

But a day after Magee and former FBISD board trustee Naomi Lam criticized the district for disciplining the boy over a matter that took place entirely off campus, the school district provided new details of the incident and a rationale for its actions.

Magee said Tuesday he doesn’t believe the boy is a threat to fellow students at Clements, and said he doesn’t believe administrators believe he is, either.

“I feel we went beyond our jurisdiction,” he added. “If he put something on a computer at Clements, that’s different – but he didn’t do that. I think we’ve jumped the gun here.”

The FBISD administration sees it differently.

“When you have the floor plan of a high school that houses over 2,000 students in a game about killing people, you have to have consequences,” FBISD spokeswoman Mary Ann Simpson said. “And also realizing what the reaction would be in the community,” district administrators “still felt very confident in their decision.”

“Ever since Columbine, anything that remotely looks like a threat has to be taken very seriously,” Simpson said. “The minute we don’t, something serious is going to happen.

“You’re damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.”

Some observers in the case and Magee have suggested district administrators overreacted to complaints about the Clements student’s computer game by two or three parents in part because he is Asian, as was the perpetrator of the recent Virginia Tech shootings.

Simpson disagreed sharply with that assessment.

“That has absolutely nothing to do with this decision,” she said. “The decision was based on the potential for violence in this game, which used one of our high schools as a backdrop.”

Officials also weighed whether there might be a connection between the swords found in the boy’s room, and “weapons depicted in the game itself,” Simpson said. “You see these big, dark hands with knives in them” in the boy’s modified Counterstrike version.

While no charges were filed against the boy, both Simpson and Smelley said other mitigating circumstances – which they declined to specify – came to light as a result of the police search.

“Unfortunately, there are some other things, even though no criminal charges were filed,” Simpson said.

“They got more stuff that doesn’t look too good,” Smelley said.
Yet another example of just how paranoid society has become...
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Yup. But with now a days how things are...can't blame them alllll that much. Got to be a bit careful...though...
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*sighs* this shit really makes me depressed. Whatever happened to freedom of speech?
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Man so many stories about kids getting in trouble at school for almost nothing. I mean first a boy had a hammer and now this. Things sure are crazy these days when it comes to all this kind of stuff.
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Retarded.

School maps are some of the best.

Better he do it through net, than in real life, eh?
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