If you look around you, relatively few teens do opt for piercings or other style expressions that set them apart. This is not necessarily a good or bad thing; rather it is a benign expression of style. If you find yourself making sweeping generalities about youth based on atypical youth such as those mentioned, think again. Our collective values have been transported across generations and youth embrace the same basic values that their parents, grandparents and great grandparents embraced.
I remember a fellow I golfed with many years ago; plaid pants pulled up to his neck, white shoes, a white belt and a beret. Given this vision, maybe facial piercing is not so strange after all.
Remember, all kids count.
Scot Hurlburt can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org