Sunday, May 03, 2009


Last autumn during the American election campaign, Blake Benson was charged with "interference with staff of an educational facility".

Michele Obama visited his High School last autumn to give a speech and Benson, a 17 year old student, turned up wearing a NOBAMA T shirt and carrying a McCain/Palin sign.

And that's it. That's what he was arrested for - arrested, handcuffed and taken to one of the school offices by a deputy from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department. He was also given a one day suspension from his school - suspended for campaigning for the Republican candidate for the Presidency.

The school quickly reversed the suspension. Last Thursday, after more than six months, the Sheriff's Department announced they were dropping the charges.


SnoopyTheGoon said...

"The school quickly reversed the suspension."

That one I don' get. Did he stay another day in school after the end of the year?

Sounds rather like a punishment to me.

Anonymous said...

He should be suing the US Government Constitution for loss of Freedom of Speech.

Anonymous said...

Sounds a lot like the UK, really.

Wasn't some county girl or other arrested for wearing a "F*ck Blair" T-Shirt at an agricultural show?

Same thing isn't it: freedom of speech means you are free to say anything the government agrees with.