Kelsey McLennon has lived in Wauwatosa with her two siblings and parents for her entire life. When not busy with school, she enjoys dancing, running, and spending time with friends. She is a sophomore at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School, where she is involved in track, cross country, Latin club, and Irish club.
I’m under 18, I already have my State Fair ticket, and I had some great plans...
By now, I am sure that everyone has heard about what happened at State Fair on Thursday night. I also assume that most people also know about what is being said about race and how it may have played a part in what happened, especially outside the gates. But, as a teenager, I would like to point out that the reaction to the situation involves another type of discrimination.
I completely understand the motives behind the new curfew that is being implemented. I agree that State Fair needs to be a safe place for people to go with their families, but I don’t think it is fair to discriminate against people just because of their age, something over which they have no control.
It’s the same thing that happened at Mayfair Mall. A whole lot of young people get blamed for something that only a few people did. It’s hard to figure out how to exclude only the trouble makers and I understand that, but why is it that only young people are the ones who get excluded? Some of the people causing the problems at State Fair were over 18; one of them who was arrested was even over 21, old enough to accompany a minor into the park under the new rules.
So, instead of the plan I had to hang out with my friends for an awesome day and night at the fair, I guess if I want to be there past 5:00, I have to be with my parents. No offense to them, but it’s just not as much fun. It stinks that because some people choose to act like jerks, all of us teens have to be punished.