CRIMINAL CASE: Arrest of James Buss (Madison, Wis. Nov. 29. 2007).
Status: No charges filed.

On Nov. 16, 2007, James Buss, a high school chemistry teacher, pseudonymously posted comments on a conservative blog covering Wisconsin politics that seemed to support the shooters who killed 12 students and a teacher at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999.

Assuming the persona of a teacher-hating conservative commenting on a school funding proposal dispute, Buss wrote, “We’ve got to get in back of the kids who have had enough of lazy, no good teachers and are fighting back. Kids like Eric Harris and Dylen Klebold.” Buss was arrested two weeks later. On Dec. 4, the local prosecutor announced that he would not file criminal charges against Buss because his comments were protected by the federal and state constitutions.

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