Secret Service Questions Students

| May 21, 2003

Two Oakland High School students were questioned by Secret Service agents after making threats against the president during a class, reports Oakland Tribune reporter Alex Katz. The boys?identified only as John and Billy?claimed to be joking when they talked about hiring a sniper to ?take care of Bush,? Katz writes. Uncertain of how to handle the situation, teacher Sandy Whitney called the San Francisco office of Secret Service to determine her responsibility in reporting the threat. ?I wasn?t saying ?Come and get these buzzards,? nothing like that,? the English teacher said. ?If you say, ?Let?s kill the president,? you have to be prepared for the consequences.? Some of Whitney?s colleagues felt she could have instead utilized the opportunity ?to discuss the consequences of threats.? The Northern California ACLU has called into question the school principal?s decision not to notify the boys? parents prior to the interrogation.
?Erin Ferdinand

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