A student who took their digital photographs for a school project to be output at a local Wal Mart supermarket has been pounced on by the US Secret Service after pictures of Geroge Bush with a big red pin through his head were discoverd.
According to the student who is doing social studies at a North Carolina High School in the US made the simple mistake of expressing their opinion. The student apparently had taken a photo of George Bush out of a magazine and tacked the picture to a wall with a red thumb tack through Bushes head. They then made a thumb’s down sign with there own hand right next to the President’s picture. The image was then pasted onto a poster which was photographed.But within hours of visiting her local Wal Mart Supermarket to have the poster printed out the US Secret Service pounced.
An employee in the Wal-Mart photo department upon seeing the poster had called the local police who in turn refered the matter to the Secret Service. They in turn raided the student’s school siezing the poster.
A spoksperson for the school Selina Jarvis said “A student came to me and told me that the Secret Service had taken a poster done for a project” 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.”
She says the student was upset.”He was nervous, he was scared, and his parents were out of town on business,” says Jarvis. “Halfway through my afternoon class, the assistant principal got me out of class and took me to the office conference room,” she says. “Two men from the Secret Service were there. They asked me what I knew about the student. I told them he was a great kid, that he was in the homecoming court, and that he’d never been in any trouble.”
Then they got down to his poster. “They asked me if I thought it was suspicious,” she recalls. “I said no, it was a Bill of Rights project!” At the end of the meeting, they told her the incident “would be interpreted by the U.S. attorney, who would decide whether the student could be indicted,” she says. “I blame Wal-Mart more than anybody,” she says. “I was really disgusted with them. But everyone was using poor judgment, from Wal-Mart up to the Secret Service.” Jacquie Young, a spokesperson for Wal-Mart at company headquarters, did not provide comment within a 24-hour period. Jonathan Scherry, spokesman for the Secret Service in Washington, D.C., said, “We certainly respect artistic freedom, but we also have the responsibility to look into incidents when necessary. In this case, it was brought to our attention from a private citizen, a photo lab employee.”