Sunday, May 30, 2004

Where's a goth when you need one?

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. - Almost half of a $273,000 grant awarded in 2002 to fight the Goth culture in Blue Springs has been returned because of a lack of interest — and the absence of a real problem.

Blue Springs received the grant two years ago from the Youth Outreach Unit, money the city and U.S. Rep. Sam Graves trumpeted proudly as a way to fight a perceived Goth problem.

But $132,000 of the grant was returned because officials never found much of a problem with the Goth culture, which some students called a fad that most people eventually outgrow.
Ya know, this plan still has promise. Rep. Graves just needs to choose a new target. There must be other unpopular groups of teens living in Blue Springs. I wonder if he's ever considered going after fat or "geeky" kids?


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