Every now and then, one stumbles across a heart-warming story like this one: teens rally around one of their own who is in trouble, and organize a fundraiser to help out the poor kid. It’s the kind of thing that gives most folks warm fuzzies, and hopes for what is often considered the feckless youth of today.
Leave it to Massachusetts kids (well, mostly Massachusetts kids, with a couple of NH knuckleheads tossed in for seasoning) to take that idea and do something stupid with it.
The “teen” in question turned out to be a guy named “Lee,” who was actually in his 20’s. And his “problem” was financial — he lacked bail money after getting arrested for burglary. And the fund-raiser in question involved leasing the American Legion Hall in Pelham, New Hampshire and hosting and underage beer bash, with a jug set up for donations to “free Lee.”
Police ended up nabbing 76 teenagers in various degrees of intoxication at the Legion, and the Legion itself is acutely embarassed.