Latest Violence in Mexico: Just in Time for Spring Break
Posted on Mar 16, 2010
America’s college kids are keeping it classy once again, taking recent reports about violence in Mexico as their cue to perform keg stands in other sunny locales for this year’s spring break festivities. Florida, you’ve been warned. —KA
AP via Google News:
Whether it was grisly murders of three people with ties to the U.S. consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, over the weekend or months of reports about the bloody drug war south of the border, students at the popular spot just off the southern tip of Texas said they were avoiding the short drive to Mexico. For many, parents’ admonitions short circuited spring break plans before they began.
“Parents should not allow their children to visit these Mexican (border) cities because their safety cannot be guaranteed,” Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw said in a warning issued March 4.
The alert applied specifically to border towns and did not include other popular Mexican destinations such as Cancun and Puerto Vallarta, but University of North Texas student Katie-Ross Ward said the strong warning closed the deal for her parents.
“My parents wouldn’t let me go (to Mexico) because I have blonde hair and blue eyes,” said Ward, 18. “They said I’d get kidnapped.”
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