Thursday, October 06, 2005

New Homework Excuse

"The dog ate my homework."

Yeah, right.

"The Secret Service confiscated my homework."

For real:

[Teacher Selena] 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, this poster satisfied the requirements of the assignment by illustrating the right to dissent. Alas, Jarvis was confusing 2005 with an earlier time--before 9/11, before the reign of Bush the Second. An employee in the Wal-Mart photo department (why am I not surprised?) where the photo was developed took the initiative to call the local police who in turn passed the hot tip about the nefarious high school student to the Secret Service.

On Tuesday, September 20, the Secret Service came to Currituck High.“At 1:35, the student came to me and told me that the Secret Service had taken his poster,” Jarvis says. “I didn’t believe him at first. But they had come into my room when I wasn’t there and had taken his poster, which was in a stack with all the others.”
Of course this scared the heck out of the kid. The Secret Service interrogated Jarvis about the poster:

“They asked me, didn’t I think that it was suspicious,” she recalls. “I said no, it was a Bill of Rights project!”
Naturally, no one at Wally World will take responsibility for this. Someone in the photo department actually said to call the home office, as if Wal-Mart's CEO had made the decision to rat on this Future Terrorist of America. At least the student was not indicted in the end. Still, events like this help to snuff out opposition to the ruling party. Those kids will think twice before they dare exercise their rights, for who knows who may be watching?

(For anyone who refuses to trust a web site with "progressive" in its name, here's a different story with less detail.)

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