Mexican teens have the worst behavior: Everyone knows that, as a group, black teenagers behave worse than others, right? A great deal of thought is given to this troubling group. Well, evidently not enough thought is being given to the Mexican teenage problem. After all, it hasn't been blacks recently using politics as an excuse to skip school. Growing up, I went to school with blacks and Mexicans. Blacks were friendly--my best friend was black. My little brother and I never got into fights with people, but the one time that each of us did, it was with bullying Mexicans. The Health Behavior in School-Aged Children survey asked thousands of teens about bad behavior, and it turns out that Mexicans have the worst numbers:
Truant 4+ days last semester
Marijuana use, weekly or more
Ever tried cocaine
Ever carry weapon
This romantic notion of Mexicans as model citizens must be dispelled.