Today at the YMCA gym, I spotted a banner hanging on the wall. It belonged to one of the summer day camp “tribes.” I went over for a closer look, because kids so often write and draw very funny things.
Well, this one wasn’t funny.
The name of the tribe was “The Devils.” All right, maybe these kids are hockey fans. But the banner was scrawled over with slogans–“Join the Dark Side” and “The Dark Side Rules!”–with many repetitions of the word “Evil” and a great many drawings of pitchforks (not hockey sticks).
I fetched someone from the front desk to look at it, and it creeped her out. By the time I’d come back from my shower, she’d had it taken down. The kids who created it, we were told by teenage day camp counselors, are sixth-grade girls. Did they get this from a movie, a TV show, or a video game? Nope. “They just made it up.”
But they were getting it from somewhere, and I’ll find out where. Satanism doesn’t just naturally occur to sixth-graders as some kind of default position.
Some of you parents out there–do you know where kids are getting this? If you do, please tell us.