I recently read an article ) about how a teenager was detained in a psychiatric hospital (or asylum, I forget the wording) for writing a story two months before the teacher read it and voiced her complaint about that story and another story that made all of this happen. All of that can be read in detail in that article, including the second story. Now, as a writer this concerns me. As a writer who is not yet legally allowed to drink or go on a cruise alone, this concerns me even more. It got me thinking about the fact that there seems to be some sort of glass ceiling or invisible line a writer must cross before he or she goes from "suicidal-psycho teen with possible ambitions and inclinations towards murder" to "gifted adult writer with a penchant for the grisly and gruesome. When does one go from getting compared to the two from Columbine to getting compared to Stephen King of Kafka?

I think it is unfair to go around saying that everyone who's still in high school who writes a horror story is bound to shooting up the ones around him at some point in time. If that were the God's honest truth, high school wouldn't be very fun now would it? Every day the population would drop drastically. It wouldn't do much for sports teams either. I can assume (now I am being hypocritical and assuming the ones who do these things would be outcasts who are envious/ hate the jocks of the school) that the football team and cheerleading team and subsequent other teams would go bye-bye very fast. If that happened it would just be attributed to being picked on, etc. What happens if, for example, the writer is also the kicker for the football team? He may play sports but he's also got a creative side to him. How is it explained then?

I realize the last part of that paragraph probably ended in nothingness so I'm going to attempt to get back on track now, sorry about that. Why do all kids who write horror stories get labeled as crazies? Everyone had to start somewhere. Now, having read the essay from the person in the article it isn't the greatest in the world but who cares? Who knows what would happen if he or she was left to develop the craft of writing instead of being stopped because they might be packing heat. They could be the next Stephen King. What are we supposed to write stories about babies and ponies and sugar and cupcakes till we are twenty one or twenty two and out of college? Is that the time when we get some sort of envelope in the mail saying "Congratulations! You can now write horror stories. You are no longer considered a threat to society! Hooray!"? I don't see how that would work. Does it come sometime in college instead where a teacher approaches you after a class and goes "Hey, I've realized you seem to be mentally stable and an okay kid so go ahead, write about death till you heart's content." Somehow, I don't see that happening either. I am by no means a professional writer but I know well enough to see that writing is a skill that takes time to develop. Yes, it takes some talent, but that talent needs to be cultivated. You can't just label everyone a nut and stop them from doing what they like to do. If people did, how would we be able to enjoy great murder mystery or horror novels? We wouldn't be able to because we wouldn't have any. No one would be able to craft the words that get seared into millions of people's heads over the years. No one would be there to discuss great works of horror literature because there wouldn't be any new ones being produced.

There needs to be leniency in the "all teenagers who don't play sports and choose writing to pass the time are approaching the deep end diving board and need to be watched" mentality. Sure, some kids do need to be observed and maybe controlled, but not all of us. Many, if not all of us have friends, we have lives, we like to have fun, and we enjoy writing. Last time I checked, there was nothing wrong with that. I guess that article just annoyed me and I meant to talk about something about free speech and not all of us teen writers are nut bags.