New York City’s Harvey Milk High School, designed as a haven for gay, bisexual and transgender teen-agers, is in the news. And not in a good way.
Five transgender teens who attend Harvey Milk HS posed as female prostitutes, and then robbed their tricks by claiming to be undercover cops willing to let them go free in exchange for cash and credit cards, sources said.
The five, who were arrested yesterday, managed to pull off at least five separate Greenwich Village robberies in the last month by dressing as hookers and working in teams of two or three, authorities said.
Once the young thieves struck a deal with a prospective john for sex, they would declare that they were undercover cops, police said.
They would handcuff the victims and demand their wallets in exchange for letting them go.
I stole the headline from Agenda Blender.
Perhaps not the best argument I’ve ever read for gathering vulnerable and preyed upon gay and transsexual youth from all parts of the city into their own more understanding school. But then again, schools generally have a real knack for accumulating under one two-acre roof, every community’s otherwise far flung troublemakers. Big Ed.’s massifying centrifuge, the prison clearinghouse effect. Sometimes they even bring the really bright kids together for another kind of critical mass. When they bring the really bright troublemakers together, you best get out of town.
I like to think of the robberies as a group project that went wrong.