Monday, July 02, 2007

DARE and low IQ

I had to go to the VA hospital in Muskogee this morning and on the way backed I stopped for a late lunch in Bristow, OK.

The Taco Mayo had a typed announcement posted on the wall next to the cash register, something like this one from Snopes.com
The police officer that works with the DARE program at an elementary school passed this warning on.... If you're ever driving after dark and see an on-coming car with no headlights turned on, DO NOT flash your lights at them! This is a common gang member "initiation game" that goes like this: the new gang member under initiation drives along with no headlights and the first car to flash their headlights at him is now his "target". He is now required to turn around and chase that car and shoot at or into the car in order to complete his initiation requirements.


It is, of course, an urban legend, possibly dating as far back as 1983.

Cops make stuff up all the time. But DARE cops seem to even lack the imagination for that, they just copy stuff somebody else made up 20 years ago.

Of course Bristow Oklahoma is well; known for it's problems with Bloods street gangs.

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