|True stories by Murl Harpham|
WHAT ARE WE TEACHING IN SCHOOL?
The other day (9-9-03) I drove by a house where a gang member had been shot and killed. All occupants had been evicted and since the eviction gang member have returned to put graffiti on the house. Five times in a month the owner had to paint over the graffiti.
As I passed the house I saw two girls in the yard of the vacant home and I noted fresh graffiti. I confronted the girls and found one had been a girl friend of the slain gangster and the other girl use to live in the house but was evicted. Both were over 18.
I asked them about the graffiti and they denied doing it and I found no writing materials to prove them wrong. I warned them about trespassing and if I caught them there again they would be arrested.
I told them, “You people are exacerbating the gang problem by continuing to put graffiti on the house.” “What’s xerbating mean?” one of them asked. “To perpetuate,” I replied. “What’s perpetuate?” she asked. “To make it worst,” I told her. “Oh,”
Was the reply.
I walked away shaking my head wondering how far they had gone to school. (probably two or three blocks)