That wasn’t very tolerant of her, now was it?

“People were upset. But they started saying things, calling me very stupid, telling me my shirt was stupid and I shouldn’t be wearing it,” Catherine said.

Then it got worse.

“One person told me to go die. It was a lot of dying. A lot of comments about how I should be killed,” Catherine said, of the tolerance in Oak Park.

But students weren’t the only ones surprised that she wore a shirt supporting McCain.

“In one class, I had one teacher say she will not judge me for my choice, but that she was surprised that I supported McCain,” Catherine said…

One student suggested that she be put up on a cross for her political beliefs.

“He said, ‘You should be crucifixed.’ It was kind of funny because, I was like, don’t you mean ‘crucified?’ ” Catherine said.

Other entries in her notebook involved suggestions by classmates that she be “burned with her shirt on” for “being a filthy-rich Republican.”

Some said that because she supported McCain, by extension she supported a plan by deranged skinheads to kill Obama before the election.

She switched to a more appropriate shirt the next day and thus was her share in the monopoly on virtue restored. Her teacher, who collaborated in the experiment, insists that the class learned its lesson once the details were finally revealed. Uh huh. I look forward to their musings as JV nutroots bloggers four years from now, when they’ll deftly explain why an ad featuring Obama and, say, Lindsay Lohan is actually neocon code for racist rape/assassination fantasies.

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