What did you learn in Civics class, Jimmy?

Don't get your pictures developed at Wal-mart.

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.

The poster was confiscated, and the kid and the teacher were questioned--over what is decidedly protected speech. There's no threat involved in a poster of Bush with a thumbs down next to it. Am I going to be questioned because I have a picture of Bush with the caption "Still Not My President" on my blog? I'm sure I can find a lawyer or two to handle that case pro bono.

But here's the real lesson--Wal-Mart sucks, and you shouldn't patronize an establishment that does this kind of shit. And next time, use a digital camera.

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