Stop Blaming GLEE for Slushie Attacks
A pack of rabid dogs idiots at Jarvis Collegiate School in Toronto, Ontario have been harassing and attacking passers-by in the city’s Gay Village neighborhood. Their weapons of choice include shoes, slurs, and slushies. Do you see where this is going?
The resident New Directions Gleeks at TV’s William McKinley Highschool are terrorized by bullies with Big Quench slushies-cum-bombs. The Toronto Star reports:
Paul Winsor, a local florist, was singled out by a group of about 12 students who shouted “faggot” and soaked him with two frozen beverages last Monday. The 49-year-old narrowly dodged an airborne chunk of ice as he chased the teens before they ducked into the school at Jarvis and Wellesley Sts. “A slushie drink is one thing — it stains your clothes and hurts your pride — but when it escalates to chunks of ice, that’s dangerous,” he said.
A clear connection can probably be made between the show’s success and the high school students adoption of the slushie bomb. But should we be blaming a television show that has done so much to draw attention to issues like bullying, teen pregnancy, and coming out to your parents and classmates for the actions of some teenage bigots?
Well, yes and no. Glee is hardly posting images of students in slushie crosshairs, but impressionable teens are obviously keen on this hilarious idea they saw on television. The irony is that GLEE is a pretty gay show, and these bullies in Toronto are clearly tuning in for new material.
For the record, the school’s principal said they are taking matters seriously – whatever the heck that means. When your school’s bullies become international media sensations, you’d think the man in charge would have the sense to make swift, no-nonsense decisions, and let the world know that the bullies had been expelled. In the age of kids killing themselves over prolonged incidents like this, there simply isn’t room for two more strikes before you’re out.
What do you think of the slushie bullies? Closet cases? Jerks? Do tell.