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Yes, in my home town, at one of our high schools, there has been a
growing group of kids that call themselves Trenchcoat Mafia. They haven't
really done anything violent .... they do definitely challenge the middle
of the road kids by standing in street intersections so cars have trouble
turning, kind of walk in groups that take up the whole sidewalk or
hallway so others have to be pushed out of the way --- that type of
thing. I thought the principal should call them in and get into a
discussion going with them about how they feel about Littleton's tragedy,
about being associated with "those trenchcoats" and so on. But guess
what. It's a DON"T TOUCH ISSUE.
Do they think this will go away if they ignore it? Right now these
kids at our school are acting pretty "important", though not actually
voicing any support of the Colorado trenchcoats, but acting pretty tough
and "associated" with the Colorado kids. I personally don't think they
would do the same thing, but they do seem proud to be associated with the
tough nature of the now "infamous" Colorado trenchcoats. I think this is
very volatile and should be dealt with NOW. If the principal won't do it,
Hopefully he will change his mind. You can bet he will be hearing
from one person ... me! And I bet more than just me.