Thursday, April 30, 2009

What She Learned from Marching Band

Today i am proud to have been a marching band girl for 11 years:

QUARTZ HILL, Calif. (AP) — Don't mess with the marching band.

That's what California authorities are saying after a 17-year-old girl used her marching band baton to beat back two would-be muggers.

Los Angeles County sheriff's Deputy Michael Rust says the Quartz Hill girl was walking to school April 24 when two men approached her from behind, tried to grab her coat and demanded money.

Instead, one got a punch in the nose and the other a kick to the groin. Rust says the girl then beat both of them with her band baton before she ran away.

The men had not been caught. But Rust says there's a clear message to take from the encounter:
"The moral to this story is don't mess with the marching band girls, or you just might get what you deserve. Final score: marching band 2, thugs 0."


PersonalFailure said...

They're lucky she didn't have my clarinet: heavy, wooden, and lots of metal bits sticking out.


phd in yogurtry said...

haha! I woke to this story on NPR. RAH for the brave baton wielder!

kat said...

I was a choir geek, not a band nerd, but the two are closely related, and always stand up for each other, so I say "Good for you!" to this kid.

Sadly, though, band kids are better equipped to fight off attackers, what with batons and instruments and such. We just had music folders, which are far less effective as weapons!

Feminist in the City said...

That a girl! I'm sure I would have done some damage with my flute case! Marching Band / Choir power - I'm a proud two time offender!