Still More Dispatches from Dubya’s America

It’s been a while since red-state America slapped us upside the head with a reminder about just whose country we’re living in. A North Carolina teenager found out real quick when he dared take his dissent against Dubya to the local Wal-Mart.

Selina Jarvis is the chair of the social studies department at Currituck County High School in North Carolina, and she is not used to having the Secret Service question her or one of her students.

But that’s what happened on September 20.

Jarvis had assigned her senior civics and economics class “to take photographs to illustrate their rights in the Bill of Rights,” she says. One student “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.”

According to Jarvis, the student, who remains anonymous, was just doing his assignment, illustrating the right to dissent.

But over at the Kitty Hawk Wal-Mart, where the student took his film to be developed, this right is evidently suspect.

An employee in that Wal-Mart photo department called the Kitty Hawk police on the student. And the Kitty Hawk police turned the matter over to the Secret Service.

And the secret service confiscates the poster, yanks this young man’s teacher out of class, and question her about her student. They tell the teacher that the matter will be “interpreted by the Attorney General” who would decide whether the student should be indicted. (He wasn’t.)

At least the Secret Service showed some restraint in not questioning the student himself. His parents were out of town on business, so there might have been some legal issues around that. But the idea that they’d prioritize investigating a kid’s Bill of Rights project for school.

Just a gentle reminder. For the next three years, at least, this is still Dubya’s America. We’re all just living in it.

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3 Responses to Still More Dispatches from Dubya’s America

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  2. Nio says:

    ‘Cuz ya know, the SS doesn’t have anything better to do than to terrorize a high school student.

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