Our question to the two young geniuses who phoned in the bomb threat to Sandusky High School the other day:
Have you read a newspaper, watched a news broadcast, read a news blog or in general been aware of anything other than your own inflated self-importance since Sept. 11, 2001 -- or, probably more significant to you, April 20, 1999?
See, the adult world always took that sort of thing seriously, even more so since then.
The sceond date, in case anyone's forgotten, was when two other young misanthropes took their rejection out on their classmates at Columbine High School.
Maybe you thought it was funny to phone in your expletive-laden rant to 911, threating to blow the (expletive referring to Sandusky High School) up. Maybe you're mad at something. Maybe you were -- and we're not sure if this isn't the worst -- just bored and looking for kicks.
The members of the editorial board who listened to the 911 audiotape of your call were about evenly divided on whether one could hear the "menace in those voices" or whether you were just a couple of young smartasses who learned, from the flood tide of subprime pop culture in which we are inundated, how to simulate round-the-bendedness. As you youngsters say, whatEVER.
Have whoever's reading this to you get you caught up on three things:
One: It's not funny, never was.
Two: Since that date in 1999, it's even less funny.
Three: Since that date in 2001, when we gave over our freedoms in exchange for the appearance of security, it's pretty certain anyone trying to pull this garbage will be found. Calls can be traced, Internet Protocol addresses can be read.
You want to be taken seriously? We hope the criminal justice system is employed to take you quite seriously.
Still laughing, kiddies?