Perhaps, like me, Barber sorts through his own feelings by writing about them, achieving catharsis through reliving the horror he puts down on the page. And really, there's nothing wrong with that. If it's against school policy, expel him for (legally) owning guns, but don't kick the kid out of school because he is a dark visionary. As Gawker pointed out, imagine the bloody horror pieces writer favs like Bret Easton Ellis must have churned out in college. I hate to imagine a world without Less Than Zero and The Rules of Attraction because some uptight administrator is afraid of writing that strays from the vein of Judy Blume.