Vice Squad
Thursday, February 26, 2004
Where Are the Feds?

A sixth-grader in Ohio received a three-day suspension for being caught redhanded with a copy of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition in the school gym, prior to the start of classes. (Here's the Chicago Tribune coverage, registration required.) The school superintendent had never seen an SI swimsuit edition before, and, bless his heart, actually is quoted as saying "I was shocked."

The bigger story here, though, is where is the justice department? Our nation's Attorney General, John Comstock Ashcroft, recently hired a noted anti-porn prosecutor to try to put a stop to the distribution of such filth. I hope that the new hire and other federal prosecutors will not rest until we see the day when no school superintendent will find himself shocked by salacious material in the hands of our innocent youth.

Update: Eugene Volokh at the Volokh Conspiracy has a post questioning the severity of the sentence as well as the stated grounds for punishment.

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