Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Wal-Mart turns student in to police for doing his Bill of Rights assignment

On September 20, the Secret Service, tipped off by the Kitty Hawk Police Department, in turn tipped off by the patriots at Wal-Mart, paid a visit to Currituck County High School so they could investigate a student's civics and economics class project. The student, who identity has not been revealed, was studying the Bill of Rights (there's only so much irony to go around, I know), and had been assigned to take a photograph illustrating his rights.

Apparently, the student was under the mistaken impression that he lived in that other America--you know, the one in which you had a reasonable amount of free expression. He ripped a photo of George W. Bush from a magazine and tacked it to the wall. He stood next to the picture, made a thumbs-down sign with his hand, and took a photo of the whole thing. Then he made the mistake of taking the film to the Kitty Hawk Wal-Mart to get it developed, where an ever-vigilant, Patiot Act-freak employee saw the photo and called the police. The police, exhibiting the collective brains of a Brunswick County oyster, then turned the matter over to the Secret Service.

Secret Service staff confiscated the poster and even asked the student's teacher if she didn't think it was "suspicious." She told them no she didn't, she thought it was about the Bill of Rights. They then informed her that the U.S. Attorney would decide whether the student would be indicted. He wasn't.



By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:24 PM  


By Blogger handdrummer, at 11:43 PM  

Now THAT made even MY jaw drop.

By Blogger Pinky, at 1:57 AM  

It amazes me how this administration has taken us back in time to a time we didn't want to visit, or at least most of us didn't want to go. That is totally repulsive. Now the poor child, while not prosecuted, well, his name is somewhere on a list and it will magically appear in his life when he least expects it. No, not paranoid, from the 60s.

By Blogger zelda1, at 5:41 AM  

What's worse than what this says about the current administration is what it says about the rest of us. At least the US Attorney decided not to indict. The Wal-Mart employees, the local police, and the Secret Service folks weren't brave? reasonable? smart? enough to stop it before then.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:48 AM  

And folks still claim we don't yet live in a facist state. Hmmm....

By Blogger Unknown, at 11:35 AM  


...seriously though. Everytime I think this administration has reached its pinnacle of absurdity, something new happens.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:52 PM  

Let's just say, the kid definitely got a constitutional education

By Blogger Ol Cranky, at 5:53 PM  

I am speechless/wordless.

By Blogger Jodie, at 3:17 PM  

I would like to get a copy of the photo. It might make a great poster.

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