posted on Feb, 11 2005 @ 07:15 PM
A prosecutor has a deal for five teenagers arrested during the New England Patriots' Super Bowl parade: If they read a book that tells the story of
drugs and desperation in a Boston neighborhood and write a report about it, he'll drop the charges.
The book Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley wants them to read is Michael Patrick MacDonald's memoir All Souls, about growing up in South
Boston's projects. The youngsters must write a 2,500 word essay about the book.
"I want them to know that their behavior -- the disrespect, the rowdiness, the foolishness -- leads to other problems in life," Conley said. "When you
read a book like All Souls, you understand there are many choices in life, and poor choices can lead to a life of misery. They should appreciate the
Patriots for their success, but they shouldn't act like fools when they come to the city."
In addition to the book report, the teenagers must attend two meetings with probation officers and stay out of further trouble, Conley spokesman David
It might sound like they got off easy, but when I was a teenager I think I'd rather perform community service than write a 2500 word essay!