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Tuesday, April 27, 2004

check your drawings: you might be a terrorist

the associated press is reporting that an unidentified 15-year-old student in washington (state) has been questioned by secret service agents, and disciplined by the school district (though the nature of the ‘discipline’ has not been made public) for anti-war drawings.

The drawing that drew the most notice showed a man in what appeared to be Middle Eastern-style clothing, holding a rifle. He was also holding a stick with an oversize head of the president on it.

The student said the head was enlarged because it was intended to be an effigy, Cravens said. The caption called for an end to the war in Iraq.

“We involve the police anytime we have a concern,” Prosser Superintendent Ray Tolcacher told the Tri-City Herald newspaper.

Tolcacher insisted it was not a freedom of speech issue, but a concern over the depiction of violence.

i could find no statement regarding a new secret service depiction-of-violence initiative and i’m not sure if depictions of violence fall into the counterfeit-operations duty of the secret service or the protective mission of the secret service.

i didn’t find any recent statements on actual violence either….

posted by roj at 9:37 am