Kentucky.com (Lexington, KY) reports on the Knox County school teacher acquitted of terror threat charges after a 10 minute deliberation. Apparently the charge stemmed from an errant remark relating to the relief of stress made by the teacher at the end of a school day about a popular computer game. This is reporter Bill Estep's account:
"A former Knox County teacher has been acquitted of a charge that he made a comment at school about wanting to kill hundreds of people. The jury deliberated just 10 minutes Wednesday before finding Jason Davis not guilty, said his attorney, David Hoskins. Davis, 29, was charged in May 2009 with second-degree terroristic threatening, a felony.
The school system had notified Davis before the incident that he would not be rehired for the 2009-10 school year. He spent a month in jail [empahasis supplied-BL] before being released on bond, and he is now unemployed. Davis said he will explore teaching options but is concerned that talk about the charge will follow him despite the acquittal.
'I don't know that I would want fingers pointed at me' at a new school, he said."
Wow, talk about a lawsuit! A month in jail and a damaged if not destroyed career in education. The prosecution scenario is reminiscent of the witness testimony in Arthur Miller's play the Crucible. Scary.