Coping w/ groups of youth...neighborhood nuisances

Coping w/ groups of youth...neighborhood nuisances

Brian Cummins
on Mar 06, 2013

Councilman has a run in with 12 youth...example of a growing trend of disrespectful and apparent unsupervised teenagers? Is this something new? What are your experiences and solutions to neighborhood nuisances?

http://brian-cummins.blogspot.com/2013/03/group-of-youthsall-it-takes-is-one-with.html


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Laura McShane
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Laura McShane
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Faith Parkhurst
on Mar 17, 2013
"I think if too harsh of action is taken with the parents and children, it may result in the..."
George Bak
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"Hi Faith. I can see where you are coming from, however, I don't think that their behavior should..."
Faith Parkhurst
on Mar 17, 2013
"If the teens are able to participate in other activites it may prevent deviant behavior, but I..."
Kathleen Forichon
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Laura McShane
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Brian Cummins
on Mar 06, 2013 - 11:20 pm

 

Group of youths...all it takes is one with bad behaviorand there goes the neighborhood...or does it?

 

This evening as I was coming home from work, I stopped in our local McDonalds to check on an issue when I spotted 12 youth, ages 12 to 15 hanging around outside and inside the McDonalds.  At one point all 12 were inside the store.  

 

None of them had purchased anything and at one point all headed towards the back of the store where the restrooms are located.  A customer tried to speak to a few of them when he felt they were disrespectful to him, being too loud and abrasive, or at least rough-housing with each other.

See the link for the story and then add your story or comment on how you deal with neighborhood nuisances here.

 

 

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Laura McShane
on Mar 07, 2013

We need to engage these students after school and this summer - the idle hands and minds are already starting to reek havoc.  I just called on this program and there are spots available - we need to channel students into productive activity: 

 
Laura McShane
on Mar 31, 2013

The councilman is well aware that closure (due to contamination) of WC Reed Field affects our neighborhood and there has been no update on the status of the clean up since 12/2012.  We have an afterschool program with time largely donated by Valerie Salstrom and no one has stepped up from the Council office to help her secure time/location after school either with CMSD district or community partners.  And so it goes.  Brian needs to know his constituents better. I know most of the kids in the neighborhood and he knows it.  He could ask me for ideas.

 
Laura McShane
on Apr 01, 2013

I also want to call attention to this article in the Sunday PD:http://www.cleveland.com/opinion/index.ssf/2013/03/a_new_picture_of_the_future_fo.html

In Brooklyn Centre neighborhood we have lost the play fields at WC Reed Field and the outlet afforded kids in the neighborhood.   

 
Kathleen Forichon
on Mar 10, 2013

I agree, there needs to be more alternative activities for students who have nothing to do after school. There used  is a similar issue in my hometown...kids would go to Walmart or McDonald's after school because there was nothing better for them to do. Maybe some more student-friendly activities around town would help.

 
Faith Parkhurst
on Mar 17, 2013

If the teens are able to participate in other activites it may prevent deviant behavior, but I think if you put too much pressure on the kids it can cause them to act out in other ways. Kids rough-housing and having fun may seem disturbing to others really is just innocent activities. Talking to the parents and children may cause more strife than if the community took the initaitive to develop more productive activities that the kids could participate in.

 
George Bak
on Mar 17, 2013

Hi Faith. I can see where you are coming from, however, I don't think that their behavior should be overlooked. The intimidation large groups of teenagers provide can be deviant in it's own way. I think more action needs to be taken to tell the kids that their behavior isn't just innocent fun and they need to take responsibility for their actions.

 
Faith Parkhurst
on Mar 17, 2013

I think if too harsh of action is taken with the parents and children, it may result in the opposite outcome. When a teenager feels targeted they are likely to act out in the opposite direction of how they're being pushed. I think the best solution, like I said earlier, is to create a positive environment for the kids.

 
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