A rapper in Cleveland, Ohio was indicted last week
after leaving what authorities allege were threatening CD’s on car windshields
in a local high school’s parking lot in January.
Kevin Beebe, 19, of Jefferson, left
CD’s with just an email address on car windshields. Authorities allege the lyrics
on the CD’s contained violent language, references to the Columbine school shootings,
references to suicide and aggressive lyrics aimed at students, local police
and the principle.
Alarmed by the lyrics, schools in the surrounding
areas were put on alert for three days as authorities attempted to apprehend
When Beebe learned authorities were attempting
to find him, he turned himself in and was charged with two felony counts of
inducing panic and two misdemeanor offenses of menacing.
Beebe’s attorney maintained that the rapper was
simply promoting his music and wasn’t out to harm anyone. Furthermore, Kurchasrski
said that Beebe was protected by the First Amendment which ensures his freedom
of speech and that he didn’t cause panic.
Prosecutors maintain that the references to the
grizzly Columbine shootings were the cause of the panic.