A 14-year old friend of ours was violently mugged on Sunday, at 1pm in broad daylight, between Rainier and MLK, on his way to the light rail station. He was surrounded by 3 young men who sucker-punched him, he hit his head on the pavement and was out cold while they went through his pockets and until a passerby found him a little later. He is ok now, minus his I-Pod and wallet, but with a sore jaw and loose molar. The NEXT day, another of our teen friends witnessed a schoolmate getting mugged on the walk home from school on Cheasty Blvd. Sounds like it could have been the same perpetrators, but this time they had a big gun. We are organizing a "Teen StreetSmarts" discussion with Community Police Officer Mark Solomon for Monday Nov 14 at 7pm at the Rainier Valley Community Center.
Date: 27 Oct 2011 20:37
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Oh no. I saw Tanya's message about this through Marj, but I didn't realize it was one of your boys. These muggings and burglaries do seem to be spiking in the last month or so.
What gets me is the complete disconnect between benefits and costs. The attackers get next to nothing in used electronics and cash, but the victims lose valued mementos and a priceless sense of safety and trust. I understand it's important to instill street smarts, but how do we move beyond victim management and restore the compassion that's failing here? I'm at a loss, and I'm sorry you're now having to deal with this. Thanks for letting us know.
Oh my gosh! That's horrible!!! Lack of compassion is right! Short of keeping watch on our front porches all day I'd love to hear suggestions about what we as neighbors can do to discourage kids from making our neighborhoods their personal hunting ground and to keep them safe for everyone. I try to keep an eye out, I check outside when I hear yelling just to make sure it's "normal" yelling/arguing, and I regularly walk around the neighborhood (and all too often end up at the bakery—yum!). Does Community Police Officer Mark Solomon have any advice for us non-teens?
It wasn't one of our kids, but one of their close friends. In fact he had just left our house to walk to the light rail station. Another sad aspect is though he yelled and screamed, no one came out of their houses. But once the police showed up, they all came out and wanted to know what was going on.
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