Iraq vet barred from Baltimore community college over essay on killing
A Iraq war veteran barred from attending the Community College of Baltimore County over an essay he wrote called "War is a Drug" says he has given up trying to re-enroll, according to a story in the Baltimore Sun.
Charles Whittington of Baltimore was restricted from the campus after his essay was published in the Oct. 26 edition of the campus newspaper. It said killing was "something I really need so I can feel like myself," according to the Sun account.
The college sought a psychological evaluation as a condition of Whittington's return. Whittington delivered one, but college officials said the documents had to come directly from his evaluator, according to the article.
Now, Whittington says he's fed up: "I've done everything they asked me to do, and now they want more," he told the Sun.
Whittington served as an infantryman in Iraq from 2006 to early 2008 and came home "after a roadside explosion left him unconscious for days," the article states.
He told the newspaper he is considering legal action and may transfer to Anne Arundel Community College to continue his education.
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Daniel de Vise
| January 5, 2011; 12:35 PM ET
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