Science teacher Helene Gaither of Paducah, Kentucky South Middle School on her last day of school before Summer vacation was showing a CD on the uses of science applications to one's life in general and while the film as rolling, doodled on a piece of paper.
As the students passed her desk on the way out, one 12-year-old snapped up what the teacher had doodled and took it home where he showed it to the parents.
The parents then brought the paper to the school administrator who took it to the police.
The police quickly looked up Ms. Gaither and went to her home where she was handcuffed and marched out of the house and into the waiting police car in front of all her neighbors.
Finally, after hours of interrogation she was allowed to go home to the stares and frown of the neighborhood.
The rumors grew and grew until word came that she had been "let go" for the fall as a teacher at the school.
After late night telephone calls and burning sacks of dog shit on her porch, Ms. Gaither promptly sold her house and left the area.
Perhaps the rumors won't follow her to her new residence and she can get a job teaching again.
All this over a drawing of a tube of lipstick she wanted to remember to pick up at WalMart on the way home from school, which was definitely NOT that of a male penis.
1984 arrives a little late but The Thought Police are here!