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Students jailed for alleged hate crime violations

(05/01/98 12:00am)

FLORIDA -- In an unprecedented use of state hate crimes laws, nine high school students were jailed overnight, suspended and eventually expelled for publishing a pamphlet including comments that the school1s principal perceived as personal threats.\nThe February 23 arrests of five girls and four boys were in response to the distribution of the underground booklet "The First Amendment," which featured a picture of Killian High School's black principal, Timothy Dawson, with a dart piercing his head and a handwritten article in which the writer wondered, "what would happen if I shot Dawson in the head ...."\nThe pamphlet also contained a depiction of Dawson engaged in group sex and a caricature of campus security guards womanizing students.