Lexi Welch and Sarah Ybarra from Lawrence, Kansas have put together a film that takes a critical look at military recruiters in schools and the No Child Left Behind Act that enables them to access the personal information of high school students. This is the best article I could find on their work, despite its condescending sensational OMG-youth-doing-something-political lead.
While most kids their age are busy Facebooking, licking toads and getting into knife fights with greasers at the sock-hop (or whatever the hell it is that kids do these days), Lexi Welch and Sarah Ybarra are making their peers look even worse.
These two Lawrence High students aren’t wasting their youth all hopped up on goof-balls. They’ve accomplished something that even Hilary Duff couldn’t do—they made an important film.
“It’s a documentary about our school in particular and how the Army recruits, and how they get their information,” says 17-year-old Ybarra of her film, “No Child Left Unrecruited.”
What started as a project about advertising in school soon mushroomed into an investigative piece of Michael Moore proportions (he’s fat).
“I had gotten a letter over the summer from a recruiter who offered $100 to enlist with them,” recalls 18-year-old Welch. “We thought all of that could be advertisement…so we started asking questions and kind of put two and two together—military recruiters in school, getting letters at home. Our school told us that No Child Left Behind requires this.”
It turns out that a little known provision the Bush administration’s flagship domestic initiative requires federally funded schools to provide military recruiters—and, in fact, any third party who cares to shell out the $2 per directory—with the personal information of their students.
Trailer for the film below the jump.