From this morning’s Seattle Times’ lead editorial:
teen dance rules in our city must be thoroughly reviewed to see if they go far enough to protect young people. One of the six victims was apparently a 15-year-old Bellevue girl. What precautions or rules could have helped her?
On Saturday night, I posted here on Slog that, “Once the editorials start piling up (‘all-ages dances lead to shootings, outlaw all-ages dances!’), Mayor Nickels is going to seize the law-and-order moment and send an ordinance to council cracking down on teen dance culture…Don’t take the bait, Greg. The fact is, if teen dances were prohibited, there’d be more opportunities for bad things to happen to teens, not fewer.”
Some readers commented that it was ill-advised for me to even broach the subject. But I think it’s important to get out in front of the reacationary backlash that looks to be brewing at the Seattle Times.
Thankfully, smart city leaders like Council President Nick Licata, are already trying to head off a short-sighted political reaction. In this morning’s PI, he’s quoted at length.
“I want the Police Department and the chief to clarify what apparently is not a connection,” he said. “This was a private party. You can call it a rave or whatever, but in the old days, it would have just been considered a house party.” Licata noted there did not appear to be any history of trouble with the venue or the promoter.
“The actual rave was at a legitimate place that has been operating for a long time, that had a particular kind of music,” Licata said. “When a tragic situation like this happens, we all begin searching for answers and try to connect the dots,” he said. “I don’t see any evidence that connects the dots to an individual who apparently, for lack of a better word, just snapped.”