What is wrong with teenagers today?

I cite 3 stories… one local, 2 non.

(Ok, I know it’s not “teenagers” as a whole, but these 3 stories involving teens caught my attention today.)

Teens Allegedly Steal, Crash Land Plane

BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. – Two 14-year-old boys escaped with minor injuries after crash-landing a small plane that authorities say they stole from an airport hangar. The single-engine Mooney M20C belonged to one of the boys’ parents, and the pair was trying to run away from their homes, said Cindy Beavers, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. … The plane ditched in Joshua Tree National Park between 5:30 and 6 p.m. The boys suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene by rangers, according to park officials. Officials said they didn’t know why the plane went down but speculated it ran out of gas. [full story]

Teens play “football” with puppy. Puppy dies.

In this photo provided by the Edgewater Police Department, a 3-week-old Pekingese puppy is shown Friday, Feb. 24, 2006, at the Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in Edgewater, Colo. The puppy that two teenagers allegedly were using as a football died Saturday morning, Feb. 25, 2006, according to Jamie Petsitis, a spokeswoman at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital. Police operations Cmdr. Mike Marchese said the teens could face a felony charge of animal abuse. (AP Photo/Edgewater Police Department, Mike Marchese)

…and finally a story about a 12 year-old… which is basically a teenager, right?

Boy, 12, Sticks Gum on $1.5M Painting

DETROIT – A 12-year-old visitor to the Detroit Institute of Arts stuck a wad of gum to a $1.5 million painting, leaving a stain the size of a quarter, officials say. The boy was part of a school group from Holly that visited the museum on Friday, officials say. They say he took a piece of Wrigley’s Extra Polar Ice gum out of his mouth and stuck it on Helen Frankenthaler’s “The Bay,” an abstract painting from 1963. The museum acquired the work in 1965 and says it is worth about $1.5 million. The gum stuck to the painting’s lower left corner and did not adhere to the fiber of the canvas, officials told the Detroit Free Press. But it left a chemical residue about the size of a quarter, said Becky Hart, assistant curator of contemporary art. [full story]

::see what our friends from metblogs: detroit say about the gum story::

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