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Tuesday, April 27, 2004  

Out of Hiding
This story is evidently what it took to get me off my mini-hiatus. A 15 year old highschool student in WA was disciplined for anti-bush artwork he created as part of a school project. Not only that but the ART TEACHER turned over the works to the school administration and they ended up in the hands of the SECRET SERVICE, who then questioned the kid.

I'm utterly appalled by this story for a couple of different reasons. First, why the hell did the secret service get involved? Is Bush THAT MUCH of a paranoid megolomaniac that he has his sunglass-wearing goons hunt down a freaking highschool softmore? Secondly, how dare the school, and the teacher, punish the boy for expressing his feelings towards the governement. Even in the "post-columbine" climate the administrators have no grounds of discipling this kind of artistic expression. The administrators "insisted it was not a freedom-of-speech issue but a concern over the depiction of violence."
So they can tell the kids to read MacBeth, but the kids can't use violence in their assigned artwork?

posted by JMV | 4/27/2004 12:20:00 PM
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