Should offensive rap lyrics be treated as a legitimate threat or an innocent form of expression?
Alberta teacher Kate Osterwoldt chose the former approach after discovering a former student’s graphic YouTube rap video.
Osterwoldt filed a complaint with RCMP after she was alerted to a rap by former student Kihew McKay (a.k.a. Kid Kilo).
In his video, McKay went after a woman named “Kate”. He spewed lyrics like “how much I wanted to choke you, now you provoked me to act out, hope you die in a car crash you dirty, fat slut.”
In another party, he calls out people like “Kate” as being the root cause of school shootings: “It’s cause of f–ks like you motherf–kers shoot up the school.”
Osterwoldt taught McKay math more than a year ago.
RCMP did look into Osterwoldt’s complaint, filed January 12, 2016, but decided not to file a criminal charge of uttering threats.
“The lyrics in this song simply did not meet the criteria for any criminal offence. Police did consult with the Crown Prosecutor’s office who were in agreement.”
Osterwoldt is not pleased with the RCMP’s inaction
“I feel like if I didn’t say something and then something did happen because someone is inspired by his music; how could I live with that,” she told Global News HERE.
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