PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – For better or worse, this summer’s flash mob fallout in Philadelphia has brought the Nutter Administration a lot of worldwide attention. Officials believe it is for the better.
News outlets in Germany, Australia and the Middle East have interviewed Nutter Administration officials about the flash mob violence, and about Mayor Nutter’s pulpit speech in which he chastised teens to “Pull your pants up and buy a belt.”
Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison was asked if all of this attention gives Philadelphia a global black eye.
“Actually, I don’t believe so. I think what has happened is that the mayor has made some very strong statements about personal responsibility for all,” Gillison said. “I think the attractiveness of what his message has been is resonating with people all around the world.”
Many of the media requests came from Britain, which is struggling with its own teen violence issue.
Reported by Mike Dunn, KYW Newsradio 1060