I know, but you have to realize that there are sad, suicidal kids out there who look like Goths to grownups and other outsiders. They probably don’t look at all like Goths to those who really know, but grownups never have been able to really discern differences among various teen groups—they couldn’t when I was a kid, and they still can’t now—and you really shouldn’t expect them to. If their kid goes from wearing regular clothes to suddenly wearing all black, decorated with skulls, and they know of another kid who did the same thing and then tried to slit his wrists…well, you can’t blame parents for worrying, can you?
“Inelegant”? What are you trying to say here? That is a real word, but it doesn’t make any sense in context.
I agree, the parents will most probably worry If there child slits their wrists. But I don’t think they should worry about wearing black. I wear a lot of black, but that doesn’t mean I’m depressed or unhappy.
But putting this article aside, people tend to make the mistake that Goths are sad, depressed people that slit their wrists, or, they think that they go and burn churches and murder.