Friday, March 28, 2008

Sophie - More reports

The Verdict coincided with a detailed report on Teen drinking.

Toll of teenage drinking revealed BBC News

Teenagers are drinking an average of 44 bottles of wine or 177 pints of beer a year each, a study suggests.

Almost 10,000 15-to-16-year-olds in the North West of England were questioned as part of the study into underage drinking and violence.

The report, produced by Liverpool John Moores University, found as many as 40% of teenagers in poor areas binge drink.

Recent high-profile murders in the region were carried out by teenagers who had been drinking heavily.

On Thursday, Brendan Harris, 15, was convicted of murdering 20-year-old Sophie Lancaster in a Lancashire park after drinking two litres of cider, peach schnapps and lager.

For Sophie's sake, Can It,

One thing is certain drink played a role in the crime. It fuelled the development of an underlying hostility into extreme violence.

Interesting to note while the "chav" word is absent from most coverage while it is ominpresent in internet discussions. In Glasgow however the Ned word is used more readily.

Drunken neds killed woman because she was a goth
Glasgow Daily Record,

We must remmber of course is that while some of the "chav" teenagers attacked others in the exactly the same group called the emergency services and tried to save Sophie's life. It is not "chavs" as a whole who are to blame but a violent minority within that group. Hating all "chavs" shows a level of intolerance which is no better than he hate they show.

One of the more interesting online discussions:

Drowned in Sound - Features - The Weekly DiScussion: wearing your ...

Remembering Sophie Lancaster - The Campaign

Sophie - The Verdict - Guilty

Sophie Lancaster 'was killed for being a Goth'
Sophie Lancaster was so badly injured that paramedics had difficulty telling what sex she was

Loads of coverage to examine it was reported in depth in all major papers and news channels here so here are the high points:

Major articles include:

The haunting last picture of the battered face of Sophie Lancaster ...
Daily Mail,

Photo of Sophie in hospital is front page on the Sun today.
Battered ... Sophie Lancaster lies in a coma after being beaten by ...
The Sun,

Teenager guilty of goth murder
The Independent

Police slam defendants' parents
Lancashire Evening Telegraph,

Very sad interview with Robert:
Sophie's boyfriend: I wish gang had killed me instead
Lancashire Evening Telegraph,
Anger of park attack survivor
BBC News,

Killer posed with baseball bat
Manchester Evening News,

Interview with Sophie's mum.
Sophie's mum begs for 'respect'
Manchester Evening News,

A few articles focus on the goth connection:

Sophie's brutal murder unites Goths against 'hate crime'
24dash, UK

This important BBC interview with Ade Varney focuses in the hate crimes petition which has gained over 1000 signatures in the last day.
The darker side of life as a Goth
BBC News

The Verdict of the trial has gone onto international news wires like Reuters and has been reported in New Zealand on TV, and in Austria with more to come.

Anti- Emo violence spreads to Chile

More coverage of this major problem.

Emo kids attacked in Mexico and Chile, UK -

Pokemon are not the same as emo from what I make out. Similar but not identical.

Mexico's Emo-Bashing Problem

Daniel Hernandez's blog, Intersections, which has extensively covered the incidents:

The spark came first in Queretaro on March 7. An estimated 800 young people poured into the city's Centro Historico hunting for emos to beat the crap out of. They found some. The next weekend it spread to Mexico City, where emos faced off against punks and rockabillies at the Glorieta de Insurgents, the epicenter of emo social space in the capital. There's also been reports of anti-emo violence in Durango, Colima, and elsewhere...

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Risky to be an Emo?

Usual stereotypes apply in this article which reports the authorities being plain stupid. Of course the real risk in being an Emo is going to Mexico or facing a barrag of misunderstanding and lies.

The Macon County Board of Education voted at Monday's meeting at Highlands School to present a "risky behaviors" program to all of the county's students in grades five and above.

The vote followed a presentation by Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland, who showed the board and audience members a revised version of the program that was presented at Franklin High School several weeks ago. The presentation was created following the Feb. 25 death of Macon Middle School student Sarah Beck. Beck died from what is known as the "choking game," which also claimed the life of a Jackson County teen five months ago.

"We should have taken notice five months ago, and we didn't," Holland said.

The presentation will be shown to fifth graders as part of the DARE program, and it will be available by appointment for upper grades from the sheriff's office. The presentation is about 45 minutes long, and it includes information on the choking game as well as inhalants, misuse of over-the-counter drugs and the EMO culture, also known as goth, in which participants are encouraged to cut themselves.

Board OKs program on risky behavior
Franklin Press, NC 25 Mar 2008

Sophie Trial - Accused denies attacking Sophie

Witnesses praised for helping Sophie
Lancashire Evening Telegraph, UK - 26 Mar 2008

BBC NEWS | England | Lancashire | Boy blamed over fatal park attack: "March 25th"

Sophie murder accused: I threw the first punch
This Is Lancashire, UK - 21 hours ago
By Camilla Sutcliffe THE teenager accused of murdering Sophie Lancaster admitted throwing the first punch at her boyfriend, but claimed he took no further ...

Teen 'volley-kicked' Sophie
Manchester Evening News, UK - 20 hours ago
A 15-year-old boy told a jury that he did not murder `Goth' girl Sophie Lancaster in a park. But he admitted punching her boyfriend, Manchester art student .

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Mosher attacked in Rochdale

The Sophie campaign has highlighted a new attack:

"John was attacked last week and I warn you this is very disturbing

his friend has been in touch to say he was attacked for being a "Mosher" and wants to work with us on the S.O.P.H.I.E. CAMPAIGN

we send him our very best wishes for a speedy recovery

please sign the

Hate Crime Extension Bill
on our site, remember there is only 3 more days

please pass this on, we have to MAKE A NOISE ."

Gang laughed as they kicked me ... I could have died'
Rochdale Observer 22/ 3/2008

A GANG of thugs laughed as they kicked, stamped and jumped on a man’s head as he walked home from a party.

John Owen said he pleaded with the gang to stop but they continued their relentless assault, beating him unconscious before leaving him on a grass verge.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Emos under attack in Mexico - rumours of cruxifiction

Sounds like there are some serious problems in Mexico:

Emos under attack
Austin American-Statesman, TX 20 Mar 2008

In the last couple of weeks, a particular subculture of Mexican youths, who dub themselves “emos,” have come under violent attack throughout the country. Two weeks ago in the otherwise quiet colonial capital of Queretaro, mobs of kids attacked the emos in an attempt to force them out of the city’s main plaza. A week later, the violence arrived in Mexico City, when emos who hang out at the Insurgentes Metro stop were attacked by gangs of punks and soccer fans. Rumors of more attacks in Mexico City and the northern state of Durango are floating around the Internet.

So who are these emos, and why so much hate? Emos here in Mexico are bound by a specific fashion style (black clothes, tight jeans, huge bangs, black eye makeup) and ideology: according to several Internet sources, a strong chord of sadness, depression and sense of being misunderstood by the larger society runs through emo thought. Bands like Good Charlotte are emo favorites. And self mutilation is apparently common among kids heavily into the emo scene.

Anger against the emos has come from many quarters: punks and goths who think emos are ripping off their culture, homophobes who don’t find emos masculine enough, and those who simply seem threatened by a group that is so different than the mainstream.
In Mexico, attacks on ‘emo’ teens raise tolerance concerns
Sierra Vista Herald, AZ March 23rd

Published on Sunday, March 23, 2008

MEXICO CITY — Ever since he first discovered “emo” music five years ago, 17-year-old Emmanuel Huerta has been making regular two-hour trips from his home in the sprawling suburbs outside Mexico City to the capital’s Glorieta Insurgentes, a concrete plaza and transportation hub on the southern fringe of the free-thinking Zona Rosa neighborhood.

There, he hangs out with other teens who dress in black, peg their jeans tightly to their legs, comb their bangs down over their eyes and listen to emo-core, an offshoot of punk rock that emphasizes powerful emotions like love, rejection and depression rather than punk’s traditional expressions of political and social discontent.

Emmanuel Huerta, right, stands with his friends Antonio Garcia, center, and Oscar Medina at the Glorieta Insurgentes, a popular meeting place for “emo” teens, on Friday. (Jonathan Clark-Special to the Herald/Review)
“We share our feelings, talk about bands we like, and just hang out together and have fun, like any other kids,” Huerta said of his days at the plaza.

But lately, life at Glorieta Insurgentes hasn’t been so much fun for the “emos,” as Huerta and his friends are called. Other teens have been posting messages to Internet blogs that ridicule the emos for their sentimentality, many accusing them of being gay. Videos filled with homophobic language and violent imagery have popped up on YouTube with Spanish titles that translate as “How to kill an emo” and “We declare war on you, emos.”

Then, on March 8, in an apparent response to a call to arms circulated on the Internet, an estimated 200 teens descended on a square in the central city of Querétaro and pummeled a group of emos with pipes and sticks....

On Wednesday, acting under orders from Mayor Marcelo Ebrard, Mexico City Police Chief Joel Ortega announced he was instructing his officers to be more sensitive to the emos, and he called on the city’s punks and Goths to be more accepting as well.

“We are making a call for tolerance with this group of emos, even if they are a minority, because there are other kids who, because of their ideals, are also in the process of forming splinter groups,” he told reporters.

The day after Ortega’s announcement, rumors began to circulate of an attack on the emos planned for Good Friday at the Glorieta Insurgentes.

According to media reports, someone had been posting solicitations to come “crucify” the emos that day at 3 p.m., the same time that Jesus died on the cross at Calvary.

Ortega responded by dispatching hundreds of police to the plaza to stand guard over the few dozen kids, including Emmanuel Huerta, who decided to brave the threat.
Mexican news report This is one of many videos on the subject on you tube:

Kill All Emos?, CA - 13 Mar 2008

It is sad to think these attacks span out of the sort of stupid anti emo prejudice found online a problem pointed out here a while ago.

Thread here at Bizarre...

It’s Sex, Not Politics

Newsweek reports that Chile has problems with androgynous, gender bending, pierced teenagers having Pokemon themed oral sex orgies. True???

Chile: It’s Sex, Not Politics | Newsweek Culture |

The teens call their public orgies ponceo. On a typical Friday afternoon in the Chilean capital of Santiago, hundreds gather in a leafy urban park for a few hours of sexual experimentation. Surrounded by passing strollers, they trade partners multiple times—mostly engaging in anonymous rounds of oral sex. When the party is over, no contact information is exchanged. Same-gender interactions are commonplace, as the lines between hetero- and homosexuality are blurred, partly by the alcohol and drugs consumed, but also by shifting social mores held by Chilean youth, in contrast to their conservative parents. "Ponceo is about having fun," says Natalia Fernandez, a 15-year-old with pink hair and a pierced chin. "This time I had seven partners."

Not true according to someone from Chile:

Pokemones Are Not Oral Sexy Obsessed, Just Kissing Crazy, NY 19 Mar 2008