Athena Currier, a student at Hampshire College and a relative of one of the Locally Grown co-hosts — I won’t say who — has created this poster (click to enlarge) and has put them up around town. Athena has a blog called Muscial Porn and an online comic strip called Hooked. In today’s StarTribune, Nick Coleman has this to say about her in his column Heroin hysteria smacks of distorted reality:
Athena Currier, a 2006 graduate of Northfield High who is studying film and writing at Hampshire College in Massachusetts, is one of the bright young people upset by having a big scarlet H put on them. Chief Smith and news reports have attributed much of the alleged heroin use to the “alphas,” the best and the brightest. But Currier, 19, and home for the summer, isn’t buying it.
She has drawn cartoons and plastered them all over town, lampooning the heroin hype by comparing it to the crazy 1936 anti-marijuana film, “Reefer Madness.”Northfield’s Smack Madness,” Currier’s cartoons call it, using drawings to parody Chief Smith’s unsubstantiated allegations that Northfield’s drug-crazed kids are robbing dorms and invading hospitals.
“This has gone a little over the top,” says Currier, who used to play in a band called The Killer Prom Queens. “I’m not making fun of heroin addiction or Northfield’s problems, but if there were 250 kids on heroin? The high school would be falling apart.”