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Exodus Fan Arrested For Posting The Bands Lyrics On His Facebook (Updated)


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Update – September 05th 9:37am:

A further report on Evans has been filed over at 14news.com. He has since been released from jail after being held in custory for eight days. His case has been deferred for six months and he will be forced to undergo a mental evaulation as a result of the alleged ‘offense.’ Evans commented upon his release:

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“It’s nonsense. I feel like my civil rights have been violated. You know first amendment freedom of speech out the window. Even all the guys I was in the cell with they thought it was nonsense themselves. I had several officials tell me it was nonsense that there was no reason why I should have even been here.”

Original Story:

A 31-year old Greenville, Kentucky resident named James Evans has been arrested and may face jail time after posting lyrics to Exodus‘s song “Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)” on his Facebook. A report on 14news.com has word that Evans is facing a charge of “terroristic threatening”, for posting the following lyrics to that track on August 24th:

“Student bodies lying dead in the halls, a blood splattered treatise of hate. Class dismissed is my hypothesis, gun fire ends in debate.”

Authorities were contacted by those who apparently—and admittedly somewhat understandably—construed the lyrics an actual threat. Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has offered the following comment on the situation:

“The idea that an individual in this great country of ours could be arrested for simply posting lyrics to a song is something I never believed could happen in a free society. James Evans was simply posting lyrics to a band he likes on Facebook, and he was locked up for it. The song ‘Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)’ was written as a view through the eyes of a madman and in no way endorses that kind of fucked-up behavior. It was 2007’s Virginia Tech massacre perpetrated by Seung-Hui Cho that was the subject and inspiration to write the song, one in which we put the brakes on playing it live after the Sandy Hook shooting, as we did not want to seem insensitive.”

“As some of us in Exodus are parents, of course these things hit close to home, it’s every parent’s worst fear. These moments are the stuff of nightmares, and life – as well as music – isn’t always pretty. But when we start to overreact to things like lyrics by any band – including Exodus – and start arresting people, we are caving in to paranoia and are well on our way to becoming an Orwellian society.”

If you are unfamiliar with the track, you can check it out for yourself below. Exodus will be releasing a new album titled “Blood In Blood Out” on October 14th.

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