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Catherine Vogt
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Student
    (circa 1994- )
    Born in United States
    Resided in Oak Park, Illinois
    Attended Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School in Oak Park, Illinois
    Received media attention after conducting a tolerance experiment by wearing shirts to school that promoted John McCain and Barack Obama (November 2008)
    Many of her political views were influenced by her Democrat mother and Republican father.
    She expected negative reactions to her McCain t- shirt before starting her experiment due to the high number of Obama supporters in her community.
    At her school, students' reactions to her McCain Girl shirt ranged from accusations of low intelligence to suggestions she should be killed.
    She was also accused of supporting negative behavior, including assassination plots, towards Obama.
    At least one teacher was among those who objected to her apparent McCain support.
    When she wore her Obama Girl t- shirt to school the next day, she received generally positive reactions including suggestions of increased intelligence.
    Some viewed her two shirts as evidence of indecision or indifference.
    She did not publicly express her U.S. presidential candidate preference after her experiment.
    Her experiment caused her parents to visit the school to discuss other parents' issues regarding it.
    Media attention from the experiment interfered with some of her school activities, including high school entrance exams.
    She was subjected to intolerance and stereotypes from people who allegedly supported tolerance and favored a presidential candidate who stressed tolerance.
    She was inspired to conduct her experiment by Obama's messages about tolerance and inclusion.
    She used a journal of her experiment as extra credit for a history class report.
    She did not argue with critics of her McCain Girl shirt to prevent jeopardizing her experiment.
    She received a few positive comments from students about her McCain shirt.
    Her experiment prompted classroom discussion about inclusion and hypocrisy regarding tolerance.
    Some suggested that students who criticized her McCain shirt had been strongly influenced by various adults and the media.
    She learned about the power of influence and bias.
    She received praise and admiration for her willingness to subject her beliefs about a sensitive subject to various opinions.

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