Saturday, January 13, 2007

Excuses, Excuses

Everyone's a victim. That's not news.

But this item in my local paper is a new one on me:

[Interim Superintendent] Brennan told the audience of about 200 that the students of the affluent district have the disposable income that lures drug dealers.

“Our kids have disposable income. (The drug dealers) target us and we have to take action to protect our kids,” Brennan said.

Some parents expressed concern that there are not enough resources in the district committed to addressing the substance-abuse problem. One wondered if policy changes being proposed by the school board would really change or affect student behavior.

“To the community, I say "what are we doing?' This is an affluent community and hundreds and hundreds of students are victims of their financial state, of divorce and of death and so many things. I'm talking about accountability,” she said. (emphasis mine)

So there you have it. Teenagers living in a town where the median household income tops $90,000, and where the average home sells for way more than $300,000, are victims of their financial state. Scary.

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