Friday, October 13, 2006

Young Teen Corralled & Questioned by Secret Service for Voicing Her Politics

Julia Wilson, 14, got a surprise visit from two Secret Service agents Wednesday at McClatchy High after the words "Kill Bush" appeared on MySpace.com. Her mom, Kirstie Wilson, says she should have been present when her daughter was questioned.
Little Julia was wrong to make her statement with words implying violence, however, the larger issue is that she was questioned in Sacramento, CA without a parent present.

If she cannot consent to sexual activity (even if it is consensual), cannot even drive, cannot quit school and a host of other actions, how is she able to handle intense questioning by a governmental agent?
McClatchy Assistant Principal Paul Belluomini said he usually does not notify parents when law enforcement officials come to school to interview students.

"Parents usually interfere with an investigation, so we usually don't notify them until it's done," he said.

Sacramento City Unified School District policy calls for parents to be notified but doesn't say whether it should happen before or after a student is interviewed. State law doesn't require parental notification.
This speaks to the many ways in which parental authority and responsibility are being usurped by the government.

Take note, citizens, this is the wave of the future. Very scary, indeed.

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