PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The ugly appetite for teens’ random unprovoked attacks has stoked a fire.
Parents packed a Point Breeze recreational center Thursday night to voice their own frustrations about what to do about teen mobs.
“For parents like me who are actually trying her best to do what she needs to do needs to have a network to go to where she can say ‘hey look my child is in trouble,’” one parent said.
Overall, the message was for parents to take responsibility for their kids
“We have to stop depending on the city. We have to start organizing things in our own neighborhood on our own block,” a parent said.
The candid, and at times passionate, conversations took place in front of Deputy Mayor Everette Johnson and top level police.
This comes after an 11-year-old boy along with a 16 and 17-year-old pled guilty in court on Thursday to beating and robbing victims in a July 29th teen mob.
The 911 call from one victim was made public for the first time.
“I got kicked, punched, beat and like they just kept laughing, kicking, and hurting. This is ridiculous. I will probably never come to this city again because of this,” the victim said.
The suspects showed no remorse in court.
The 11-year-old was released to house arrest. The 16-year-old was sentenced to correctional school and the 17-year-old to a state detention facility.
Victims say they’re satisfied.
Reported by Todd Quinones, CBS 3