I don't usually comment on the local happenings around here...but this one just begged for a smack or two...Leander ISD bans baggy pants and long coats . Please...this was in response to threats made by a couple of kids who wanted to bring a little columbine to the suburbs of Austin. They have been charged with the 3rd degree felony of making terroristic threats. You don't need baggy pants and trench coats to kill some people...you need guns. Which are probably easier to procure than trench coats in leander. Just open up dad's gun cabinet, and walaa! it's a massacre.
But this leads to a more pressing question...why do kids feel like they need to kill the fuck out of their classmates? I mean, what's the allure of walking into the cafe at lunchtime in your favorite pair of JNCO pants covered seductively by a black ankle length duster hiding the 12 gauge pump loaded with slugs that you wrote the names of your victims on the night before with a sharpie marker?
Can anyone be fucked with and bullied to the point of killing? That's alot of fucking with and bullying if you ask me, which leads me to the question: why didn't the school officials respond in some meaningful way to all this fucking with and bullying in the first place?Is it because they still believe that the cruelty and abuse hailed upon kids in the public school system is a right of passage, and the barely suppressed memories of the torture the principle of the school endured when he/she was in school leads them to think "they'll get over it" and under respond, only to go home and search the internet for the perpetrators of their own abuse and send hateful anonymous emails? Only to respond with shock and disgust when the local bully catches one in the brain pan secretly wishing they had capped their tormentor way back in the day.
Kids don't need baggy pants and trench coats to perpetrate this kind of violence on each other...
My point is this...you can ban all manner of clothing and jewelry until the cows come home, but until you ban cruelty there will be more less than adequate members of our society who will have had enough of being fucked with and respond with a gun, baggy pants notwithstanding.