Police in Calgary have given parents a list of signs that their child may be in a "hate group," and some are just downright laughable.
The questionable signs include a “sudden lack of interest in school,” “playing loud, heavy music with violent lyrics,” and “secretive behaviour”.
More sensible examples listed include “displaying Nazi propaganda” and “racist graffiti, drawings and doodling.”
One Calgary rock fan, Robert Riggs, spoke with The Metro saying:
“My son, he listens to heavy metal, and he’s one of the nicest kids ever, but I tend to see him lumped into a group he doesn’t belong in.”
“It’s kind of gone the way of video games cause violence and things like that. It’s not monkey see, monkey do. Kids see their parents go to work all time, and they don’t suddenly get up and find a job at seven-years-old."
Calgary police spokesman Corwin Odland defended the example listed:
“We’re not saying all people who listen to rock music are part of hate groups, but there tends to be a correlation – people who are involved with hate groups tend to be involved in that kind of music.”
While the list has been edited to remove the word 'rock', heavy metal and rock music is still implied. What about gangs who blast 'violent' rap music? Will there be a separate list for that? Just weird.
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