High school students in Colorado learned that supposedly harmless pranks can have serious consequences. The Mesa Ridge High School yearbook this year contained a photo of a student with a caption that said “most likely to assassinate President Bush.”
As a result of the “prank” about 100 yearbooks have been recalled and the remaining books have had the caption blacked out with a marker by the staff.
One student commented that this kind of ruined the yearbook and that the reaction was ridiculous since it was obviously a joke. Is she sure of that? Considering that Colorado was the scene of the Columbine shooting and that we are in a war to combat terrorism, this prank was beyond the pale.
Now the students not only have a yearbook marred with a marker, but they also have a Secret Service investigation since the caption was seen as a threat against the President. In this case they got what they deserved.
Don Irvine is the Chairman of Accuracy in Media.