Winchester police say William Poole, 18, was taken into custody Tuesday morning. Investigators say they discovered materials at Poole’s home that outline possible acts of violence aimed at students, teachers, and police.

Poole told LEX 18 that the whole incident is a big misunderstanding. He claims that what his grandparents found in his journal and turned into police was a short story he wrote for English class.

“My story is based on fiction,” said Poole, who faces a second-degree felony terrorist threatening charge. “It’s a fake story. I made it up. I’ve been working on one of my short stories, (and) the short story they found was about zombies. Yes, it did say a high school. It was about a high school over ran by zombies.”

Even so, police say the nature of the story makes it a felony. “Anytime you make any threat or possess matter involving a school or function it’s a felony in the state of Kentucky,” said Winchester Police detective Steven Caudill.

A judge raised Poole’s bond from one to five thousand dollars after prosecutors requested it, citing the seriousness of the charge.

We already know Kentucky is run by nutballs. The kid should disavow his grandparents. Or write stories about schools captured by angels.

Thanks, Mr. Justin

  1. admfubar says:

    looks like his story came true…. his school and community are taken over by zombies……….. just the zombies are his g’parents and the police.

    on a single minded (!!??) campagne to eat the brains of anyone who thinks…..

  2. jasontheodd says:

    So…. Any short story involving violence at a school or to a student is a felony in Kentucky, even when completely fictional. Wow…. I bet the nazis look up at us from hell and say “damn, even we didn’t go that far!!!” Have we completely wiped our ass with the constitution or what?

  3. McCullough says:

    Shaun of the Dead….classic.

  4. JimD says:

    I guess the script for “The Night of the Living Dead” is RADIO-ACTIVE IN KENTUCKY !!! Who wrote those laws ??? Need an “Action Alert” to the ACLU for FREEDOM OF SPEECH (AND THOUGHT)LAWSUIT !!! But you gotta expect such BS in a state that’s name is abbreviated KY !!!

  5. Ben says:

    Any jury worth its salt will acquit. I am a science fiction writer myself. Are Kentuckians unable to distinguish true from fiction? I have a friend who writes erotica and lives in Kentucky. Is he in danger of being labeled a sex offender.

    If the government reads the fiction in one of my stories, they might have to grant me tax exempt status for founding a religion. I do write extensively about a religion I made up in said story.

    Seriously, although I am not a lawyer, I recommend that the lawyers doing jury selection check the jury pool to see if any of them have aspirations as writers or preferable are writers. A writer who writes about zombie fiction would be a plus.

    I am curious about what fiction is permissible to write. Is there some kind of guide line? I would think the First Amendment would be the guide line. Any chance the ACLU will take a break from defending sodomy to take this case?

  6. RTaylor says:


  7. Buzz says:

    The only thing we have to fear is fiction itself.

  8. The Monster's Lawyer says:

    Zombies give me the creeps. Working with them is pure hell. They’re always stealing other peoples lunches from the community fridge. They come in late and to make up for it by leaving early.
    There is this one zomboid, Bob, that is always stealing my thunder at the weekly tag-ups. He takes credit for all my work. I got him the other day though, he just got finished eating lunch and I didn’t tell him he had a little brain tissue stuck in his teeth. He was in the tag-up spouting off how he wrote the whole Quimbly account when actually it was a group effort, and there it was flapping around like a fish in his mouth. He is such schmuck and he smells like death too.

  9. The Pirate says:

    If we can’t save the children, bust ’em. This is idiocy, please stop electing these assholes people.

  10. Ben says:

    Okay, there is apparently more too this story, which by the way was recycled from 2005.

  11. Mr. Fusion says:

    #8, Counselor

    Perchance do we work at the same place. Would this guy’s name be Phil R. Rupp? Always talking in front of the water cooler about how McCain kicks butt while those who just want a drink are blocked out. If you’re in a hurry, he’ll be in front of you at the check out engaging the cashier in conversation, his money still in his hand. In the employee parking lot he always manages to take up two parking spots with that 14 yr old beater.

    Ya, we must work at the same place or Phill has a twin.

  12. The Monster's Lawyer says:

    #11 Mr. Fuse – They may very well be related by birth-defect.

  13. BillB says:

    This happened in March. Rest of the story.

  14. James Bow says:

    Yeah, this happened in March, 2005. All charges were dropped, but he was kept on probation for two years for violating the terms of his bail. Nothing has been heard since, and I’ve had some e-mails from those who know him that say that he has moved on with his life.

  15. Mojo Yugen says:

    Suuuurrreee, you’ll all laughing now but just wait until this kids raises a terrorist zombie army.

  16. TravisM says:

    I recently graduated from high school in kentucky and witnessed a similar event at my school.
    Someone wrote a story involving murder at school, he was immediately expelled from the school and had to see counseling and etc. That was last school year, this school year he’s back in the same high school.
    Just thought it was something interesting to add.

  17. natefrog says:

    Full account of this story. It’s three years old, by the way…

  18. deowll says:

    Anytime you make any threat or possess matter involving a school or function it’s a felony in the state of Kentucky,”

    Would that include a note from your school?

    Can you make a threat when you didn’t actually tell any one?

    Is a zombie attack illegal?

  19. JimD says:

    No doubt, Steven King would be SUMMARILY EXECUTED BY FIRING SQUAD IN KY !!! “He wrote REALLY SCARY STORIES” Said the Sheriff !!!

  20. Rick Cain says:

    I don’t know why people in Kentucky are so much against zombie stories. heck in night of the living dead, the black guy dies.

  21. Balbas says:

    Check to see if dozens of badly-written movies with a Halloween / Zombie theme are at the local video store. Suggest to the police chief that the Hollywood producers behind this drek should be prosecuted for terrorism.


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