[Hpn] Fwd: students refuse to watch commercials

Graeme Bacque graeme.bacque@3web.net
Tue, 27 Feb 2001 13:09:44 -0500

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Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2001 08:14:38 -0800
From: David Oaks - Support Coalition International <dendron@efn.org>
Subject: students refuse to watch commercials

Forwarded from the Adbusters Website,
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Students locked up after refusing to watch Channel One

    When Ohio teenagers DJ and Carlotta Maurer walked out of their
    classrooms in October to protest the compulsory viewing of Channel
    One, a television program with commercials which is shown in schools
    across America, school officials realized they had a couple of
    dangerous radicals on their hands. Principal Patrick Calvin invoked
    the truancy provision of the school's code of student conduct, and
    13-year-old DJ and 14-year-old Carlotta were whisked away to the Wood
    County Juvenile Detention Center, where they had all day to consider
    their crime.

    Since then, Commercial Alert and Obligation, Inc., two national
    anti-media groups, have taken up the Maurers' cause. The groups wrote
    to Ohio Governor Bob Taft, urging him to remove Channel One from all
    public schools.

    "When the government sends children to a juvenile detention center
    because they don't want to watch advertising, that is both Orwellian
    and more than a little sick," reads the letter. "The public schools
    ought to be a sanctuary from the noxious aspects of commercial

    The governor has not responded to the letter. But the school is in
    negotiation with the Maurers, who have religious objections to
    television. It seems a day in the lockup didn't cool their heels
    enough to keep them from kicking.

    -- Eliza Strickland

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