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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

UVA-Wise Student Expelled - Violent Writings? Guns..

UVA-Wise student writes essay that scares the staff. He is permitted to carry and had three guns in his car. He is also a navy veteran. It will be interesting to see how this story ends.

Steve Barber knew his fictional essay about a suicidal student bent on murder would generate quite a buzz within his creative-writing class at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise.
It was the expulsion from school and the weekend spent locked up in a mental health ward for observation that caught the 23-year-old freshman and former U.S. Navy sailor off guard.
The three guns that campus police later report finding in his car while parked in a school lot Feb. 29 didn’t help his cause either.
“I never intended for him [the creative-writing professor] to feel threatened by it. I never intended for the students to feel threatened,” Barber, of Scott County, said by phone Monday(LINK

There is a short history of conflict between the student and UVA-Wise staff

Barber said his last run-in with Juhan concerned the vice chancellor’s attempts to censor an underground newspaper he and some friends distribute on campus.

“Notes from Underground” concerns college politics, with varied topics including the lack of an American flag on campus and the possibility of racism affecting how the SGA handles funds distribution, Barber said.

As for his questionable story, Barber concluded, it’s “just a free speech issue.”(LINK)


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Anonymous Steve Barber said ... (4:27 PM) : 

I'm the student that was expelled. An excellent write-up about the incident is at

with a follow up here:

If you have any questions about what happend, email me at


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