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Blue Star Tattoos

The Legend

Received almost daily from 1973 through 1982

WARNING TO PARENTS

Dangerous "Blue Star" tattoos are being sold to school children! These are little pieces of paper that have blue stars printed on them, and the papers have been soaked in the drug LSD!!! Just by holding the paper kids soak in LSD through their skin, and God forbid they should put it in their mouth!

Other papers are sold with pictures of Superman, Mickey Mouse, Sponge Bob Fancy Pants, Bart Simpson, and Hunter S. Thompson, and they all are crammed full of LSD! This is the new way of selling drugs to our kids. As much as a quart in each postage-stamp size tattoo!

How do you know if your child has been taking the demon drug? Look for these signs. If your child:

  • Is a public school student
  • Has picked up bad habits and language from "friends"
  • Does not show respect for elders
  • Is more concerned with not being caught than with doing what is right
  • Is more concerned with having the "right" answer than being correct
  • Thinks it's okay to insult people as long as you're not being sexist or racist
  • Has a large amount of homework (a sign that not enough work is being done in class)
  • Is good at taking tests but doesn't really know anything.

Then your child probably high on drugs right now!!!!!

THIS IS VERY SERIOUS! IF YOU SUSPECT YOUR CHILD HAS SO MUCH AS SEEN THESE DRUGS REPORT IT TO THE SCHOOL IMMEDIATELY SO YOUR CHILD CAN BE SUSPENDED WITHOUT DELAY.

FORWARD THIS MESSAGE TO EVERYONE YOU CAN SO WE CAN SPREAD THE WORD FASTER THAN THEY CAN SPREAD THE DRUGS AND DISCREDIT OUR PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM. WE DON'T WANT OUR CHILDREN TO END UP DEAD OR EVEN WORSE HOMESCHOOLED!!!


Behind the Legend

This particular warning, in a variety of forms, has been going around ever since the invention of the public school system. Early forms from the 19th century describe bits of paper that have been soaked in laudanum being given out by "heathen Indians" outside one-room schoolhouses.

Much more rare is a warning from the 1950s about cigarette companies sending trucks to park outside of high schools and give out free cigarettes to kids as they left for the day. That particular warning died out quickly. As one parent said when asked about companies trying to get kids to smoke, "Really? Free cigarettes? Where?"


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