Dear Tyrone Borough,
What is there for kids to actually do in Tyrone? The only thing that I can think of was the Dances at the Citizens Social Hall. I’m 18 and I myself went/go to the dances. There is nothing else in this town for us to do. There’s no major stores, really no place where kids can hang out without getting the cops called on them, even if there just hanging out and not causing any problems. Even when we find a place where we are aloud to be hanging out at, not too much later, and we are kicked out of there too.
Maybe if there was more for kids to do in Tyrone, that was in interest of them, maybe Tyrone wouldn’t have as many fights and drug and alcohol cases. The only places kids can spend money around here is, State College and Altoona. There is really no where to buy anything worth while in town. The dances were only $2.00 to get in and spend time with friends to have a good time. Yea, there is always going to be that ‘handful’ of kids who are going to sneak in drunk or want to fight someone. The system can’t catch everyone and it never will.
Down at the dances, yea there were some fights, but every time there was, the cops were called. Half the time the kids that had started the fights, were not even at the dance, they just showed up there because they had a problem with someone who might have been there. Even if people were not at the dances, and happened to be fighting close by, they would come to the dance, to get help. I don’t see anything wrong with someone trying to get help or people breaking up fights and calling the cops. The kids that were in fights, were not allowed back at the dances. People do look for the kids who are starting fights and drinking. If they are going to start a fight, they are asked to leave, so the fight doesn’t start or continue and they are not allowed back. The same thing goes with the kids who were drinking. The cops were called for them too. I would rather see a drunk kid in the hands of a cop, getting treated, than roaming around the streets of Tyrone, drunk.
If you were a teenager again, how would you spend your free time, this summer, in Tyrone? Counting cars from your porch or watching birds going flying over head? Or just make laps around town for something to do because there is nothing in the town to keep us busy. Maybe just think about that for a second. I know I would like to have something to look forward to every Friday night. I’m sure I would not be the only one thinking this. Please reconsider taking the only thing we really have away from us. It’s hard to tell what kids would be like then with absolutely nothing to do. Look at the good side of this, at least some people cared enough about the kids to get something going for them, that they, themselves also enjoyed.
Concerned Teen Hoping the Best,
– Blondi –