Fanning the Flames: The Freedom Project Blog
By Shawn Healy
A former student of mine sent along this story. A middle school student was questioned by secret service agents for an image and message posted on her MySpace page. It depicted President Bush with a dagger through his hand and the words "Kill Bush" scrawled across the top. Although her case was eventually dismissed, it serves as an illustration of how the tools of the Information Age present new challenges for the application of the First Amendment. There are limits to free speech and expression, and this student arguably crossed the line. She did find a way to make a negative a positive, however, by creating a MySpace group to protest the war in Iraq, her true beef with Bush.