On Tuesday, a Senate hearing about the efficiency of album warning stickers saw the names of Tupac Shakur and Bone Thugz-N-Harmony being tossed around in connection with the recent high school shooting in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
At the hearing, chaired by Kansas Republican Sam Brownback, a teacher from Westside Middle School in Jonesboro testified that, according to anecdotal evidence, Mitchell Johnson, the 13-year-old charged with killing five people in the Jonesboro shootings in March, was known to be a fan of Tupac and Bone Thugz.
What exactly Brownback plans to do with that information is anyone's guess; for now he says Tuesday's hearing, like the one he chaired last fall on the lyrics of acts like Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails, is purely for "dialogue purposes," and unattached to any pending legislation.
The names of Master P, DMX, and Manson also came up during Tuesday's hearing, where ex-Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic was the only person to testify on
behalf of the music industry (see "Krist Novoselic Speaks To Senate About Album Warning Stickers").