Man arrested for posting Exodus lyrics on FacebookThursday, September 4, 2014 6:42 PM PT / 9,681 views
A Greenville, Kentucky man was arrested for "terroristic threatening" after posting lyrics to the Exodus song "Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)" on Facebook. According to 14News.com, 31-year-old James Evans posted the following on August 24: "Student bodies lying dead in the halls, a blood splattered treatise of hate. Class dismissed is my hypothesis, gun fire ends in debate." Mike Drake, the school resource officer in Muhlenberg County, says that several agencies received calls about the post. Evans was subsequently arrested. A preliminary hearing is scheduled next week. Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has issued the following statement:
"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 the 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."UPDATE: Evans has since been released from jail.