I was a teenage border patrol agent



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  1. Avatar E.D. Kain says:

    Yes but have you heard of the Obama Youth? 😉Report

  2. I was a Boy Scout for many years, but never an Explorer. Most of the Explorer troops are attached to police departments, fire departments, etc. The kids in them get uniforms that make them look like the real deal. They carry walkie-talkies, etc on tool belts to make them look even more officials. They often work special events directing traffic or whatnot. In my experience they are alsmost always good kids but they are the kind that are ‘hangers-on’ to these organizations and maybe have a little bit too much fantasy involved.Report

  3. Avatar Will says:

    Mike –

    Most of that sounds pretty innocuous, but the guns and the combat training stuff is really creepy.Report

  4. Avatar Dan Summers says:

    The part I found most disturbing was this:

    ‘In a competition in Arizona that he did not oversee, Deputy Lowenthal said, one role-player wore traditional Arab dress. “If we’re looking at 9/11 and what a Middle Eastern terrorist would be like,” he said, “then maybe your role-player would look like that. I don’t know, would you call that politically incorrect?”’

    Because nothing keeps our rural counties safe like a little blinkered xenophobia.

    That being said, when I blogged about this myself, a few people seemed to think I was being provincial in my thinking, and that this was simply a hands-on experience for kids interested in law enforcement careers. Having a pack of hormonal vigilantes made me feel a wee bit uneasy, but maybe I’m just a sheltered northeastern liberal type?Report

  5. Avatar E.D. Kain says:

    You know this strikes me as something the young Dwight Shrewt would be involved in….Report

  6. Avatar Will says:

    Schrute* (for the record)Report

  7. Avatar E.D. Kain says:

    Damn you, Will. Always correcting my spelling…Report

  8. E.D. – That’s probably about the best analogy you could make. Like I said, they’re good kids, just a little too serious about what they are doing.Report

  9. Avatar Dan Summers says:

    I, of course, didn’t need to involve myself with firearms to feel cool in high school. I was in band.Report

  10. Avatar Will says:

    Seriously – I’m like this site’s freaking copy editor.Report