Marine Corps drops applicant over essay

Allen Lee, a senior at Cary-Grove High School talks about his creative writing problems with the school, Thursday, in Cary, Ill.. Authorities have filed a second disorderly conduct charge against Lee, who was arrested for writing an essay officials descri Richard A. Chapman, AP

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Allen Lee, a senior at Cary-Grove High School talks about his creative writing problems with the school, Thursday, in Cary, Ill.. Authorities have filed a second disorderly conduct charge against Lee, who was arrested for writing an essay officials descri Richard A. Chapman, AP

By The Associated Press

CHICAGO – Allen Lee was on the verge of realizing a dream to become a Marine after signing enlistment papers this month. But one violent, profanity-laced English essay later, the 18-year-old’s future with the Marine Corps appears to be over.

Because of pending criminal charges stemming from his essay, Lee’s recruiter told him Friday that the Marine Corps has discharged him from his contract, said Sgt. Luis R. Agostini, spokesman for the Marine Corps Recruiting Station Chicago.

“Basically, he is no longer an applicant to become a Marine,” Agostini said.

The senior at suburban Cary-Grove High School was charged this week with two misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct after the principal turned his creative writing essay over to police.

Lee initially faced just one charge, but an amended complaint filed Thursday cited a second passage.

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    “In light of recent events, that is part of the context of what happened that makes the reaction all the more reasonable,” said Tom Carroll, first assistant state’s attorney in McHenry County.

    Lee, who has a 4.2 grade-point average and never has been in trouble before, is being tutored at administrative offices while school officials decide his future, said his lawyer, Thomas Loizzo.

    The charges are a product of paranoia, born of the massacre of 32 students at Virginia Tech by a social outcast who then killed himself, Loizzo said.

    “Once the dust settles, once they look at this through clearer glasses, we think that the state will do the right thing and dismiss the charges,” Loizzo said.

    The teacher told students: “‘Be creative; there will be no judgment and no censorship,'” Loizzo said.

    Excerpts from Allen Lee’s essay

    Excerpts from an English essay written by Allen Lee, an Cary-Grove High School senior charged with two misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct after his principal turned the creative writing assignment over to police. All spelling and grammar errors are as they appeared in Lee’s essay.

    “Blood, sex and booze. Drugs, drugs, drugs are fun. Stab, stab, stab, stab, stab, s…t…a…b…puke. So I had this dream last night where I went into a building, pulled out two P90s and started shooting everyone, then had sex with the dead bodies. Well, not really, but it would be funny if I did.”

    “A person is smart, but people are dumb selfish animals. We can’t make rules for ourselves so we vote others to do it for us, but we can’t even do that right, I mean seriously, Bush for President?

    “My current English teacher is a control freak intent on setting a gap between herself and her students like a 63 year old white male fortune 500 company CEO, and an illegal immigrant. … And baking brownies and rice crispies does not make up for it, way to try and justify yourself as a good teacher while underhandidly looking for complements on your cooking.

    “No quarrel on you qualifications as a writer, but as a teacher, don’t be surprised on inspiring the first cg shooting.”