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Social Studies Teacher Is Pretty Sure You Can Be Arrested for Saying Mean Things About the President

University students doing an exam
Photo: Damir Cudic/Damir Cudic

George W. Bush once famously and eloquently asked, “Is our children learning?” In one North Carolina classroom, the answer is that they are trying, despite the ignorance of their social studies teacher, who warned her students last week that “as a teacher, I’m not supposed to allow you to disrespect the president of the United States.” After all, being mean to the president is a crime. “People were arrested for saying derogatory things about Bush,” she insisted

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