Then there was Mac & Cheese ranter, Luke Gatti. He's no longer a student at the University of Connecticut. He made a plea for probation.
Added to the list is now Jabarai R. Dean. Before his arrest he had been an electrical engineering student near the University of Chicago. A Humanities major like myself envies that kind of credential. In The Wall Street Journal, Douglas Belkin reports:
"Federal authorities arrested a 21-year-old African-American college student [Jabari R. Dean] Monday for allegedly making online threats that prompted the University of Chicago to cancel class ... If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison."
The charge is transmitting a threat in interstate commerce. The alleged motivation is to push-back after the death of African-American teenager, Laquan McDonald. The boy had been shot 16 times by Chicago police.
In the 21st century, unlike the 20th century, it seems all too easy to get lost before even graduating college. For my generation of Baby Boomers the serious mistakes we made limiting our careers came way after the college years. At that time the institution took on the role of parent. We had little opportunity to screw-up big.
Freedom can have such dire and long-term consequences.