As I write this, I still can’t get over the feeling that this is out of an Orwell novel. A 16-year-old high school student in North Carolina (but of course) got more than he bargained for with his civics class project. The homework assignment required students “to take photographs to illustrate their rights in the Bill of Rights”. The unnamed student, apparently deciding to express his right to dissent, “had taken a photo of George Bush out of a magazine and tacked the picture to a wall with a red thumb tack through his head. Then he made a thumb’s-down sign with his own hand next to the President’s picture, and he had a photo taken of that, and he pasted it on a poster.” Sounds within reason, no? Well, it wasn’t for some asswipe at the Kitty Hawk Wal-Mart. An employee in the photo department, where the student had sent his film for processing, contacted the Secret Service, who paid a visit the kid’s school, took his poster out of the civics and eonomics classroom, and questioned the teacher. You just can’t make up this kind of fascism.
“Halfway through my afternoon class, the assistant principal got me out of class and took me to the office conference room,” she says. “Two men from the Secret Service were there. They asked me what I knew about the student. I told them he was a great kid, that he was in the homecoming court, and that he’d never been in any trouble.”
Then they got down to his poster.
“They asked me, didn’t I think that it was suspicious,” she recalls. “I said no, it was a Bill of Rights project!”
What really gets me isn’t that the idjit over at Wal-mart (who probably did this on purpose because the asswipe is a fervant supporter of
The Lord Jesus Jebus King George President Bush) found it threatening, but that the Secret Service did. Surely they’ve been adeqautely trained to recognize the difference between a true threat and a kid who merely takes a picture expressing his disapproval of Bush. Is not liking the current adminstration suddenly a threat? With a 39% approval rating, I wouldn’t be surprised.