As you know, one of our favorite things to do around here is bring attention to the stupid, pointless, sensationalized, no-other-value-than-killing-airtime-in-between-commercials-and-scaring-grandma "news" reports that appear each night on the local television news.
That's why we're telling you about this one from Fox 23 in Tulsa. If you can believe it, kids are apparently using a popular communication technology to buy and sell drugs.
A local parent is opening up after he said he discovered teens using the Snapchat app to buy and sell drugs.
The parent, who chooses to remain anonymous, because he still has children attending local high schools, said a friend of one of his children called him to express concern that people on his child's Snapchat account were selling drugs on the app...
Wow. You're telling me that some of the 178 million daily active users on Snapchat are using the app to buy and sell illegal drugs! That's ridiculous! Is nothing sacred? It makes me long for the good old days when teenagers used text messages and good old-fashioned phone calls to do this stuff.
He said he investigated and found pictures of marijuana, Xanax and guns, along with messages advertising prices and personal conversations about buying mushrooms and marijuana.
Then, he reportedly warned other parents and turned the photos over to police in Bixby, Jenks and Sapulpa.
Imagine working the front desk at the Jenks Police Department and having some dad walk in telling you teens are using Snapchat to sell drugs...
"Code Red! Code Red! Teens are using their phones to, get this, trade drugs. Get the Governor on the phone now. She may want to call out the National Guard!"
The Snapchat app allows users to send messages that usually disappear within 24 hours, but officials say the things they post there could have longer-lasting consequences.
Officer say selling drugs is a crime, regardless of the sellers' ages, and using a phone to do so is a felony charge.
The fact that Fox 23 had to explain what Snapchat is, and also clarify that selling drugs is a crime, should tell you something about the demographic of people who still watch local news, and go to the media when they find out teens are using drugs.
Anyway, you can watch the full report here. Should kids be using drugs? No. But the only news item here is that weed is going for $25 an eighth. That's either a steal or some cheap ditch weed. That's what the news hacks should be investigating.