Julia Wilson posted a picture of Mr Bush, scrawled “Kill Bush” across the top and drew a dagger stabbing his outstretched hand. She replaced the page last spring after learning in history class that such threats are a federal offence.
But it was too late. US authorities had found the page and placed her on their checklist. They finally reached her last week in her molecular biology class.
Julia was hauled out of class at Sacramento’s McClatchy High School in California on Wednesday and questioned by two US Secret Service agents. The incident upset her parents, who said agents should have included them when questioning her.
On Friday, Julia said the agents’ 15-minute questioning over her page on the popular teenage internet gathering spot led her to tears.
“I wasn’t dangerous. I mean, look at what’s [stencilled] on my back pack — it’s a heart. I’m a very peace-loving person,” said the honour student, who describes herself as politically passionate. “I’m against the war in Iraq. I’m not going to kill the president.”