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Crowd of Over 50 Teens Overrun Police in Attempt to Assault Victim at Home

Crowd of Over 50 Teens Overrun Police in Attempt to Assault Victim at Home

It seems that these days bullying stories have sadly become pretty common in the news.

This does not mean we should stop writing about them or that they are less important. On the contrary, the only way we are going to be able to successfully address the issue of bullying is by continuing to highlight the reality that kids face these days.

Take for example a girl in Staten Island who was bullied by not 1 or 2 other students, but a crowd of 50-55 teens who showed up at her door step with guns, blades, and knives to start a fight.

The girl has a heart condition and at one point one of the teens taunted her by saying, “We’re gonna punch you in the chest. We’re gonna fix your heart condition.”

Neighbors called 9-1-1 and police arrived shortly but were quickly overrun by the teenage crowd. The police were eventually taken to the hospital afterwards for treatment.

Firefighters also arrived at the scene and blasted the teens with a hose to disperse the crowd. A NYPD helicopter was also on hand to help chase down teens and make several arrests. In the end, nine teens were arrested.

According to the targeted girl, the episode was sparked by a “he said, she said” incident at school over picking sides in a gang dispute.

What’s shocking to me most about this story is how little it was reported in the mainstream media. I only came across it on one blog  and a Staten Island news website.

A crowd of over 50 teens showed up at a young girl’s house with weapons to start a fight, two police officers are in the hospital recovering from injuries caused by the unruly crowd, a fire truck’s water canon was needed to break up the crowd, and a NYPD helicopter was called in to help make arrests. Seems like a pretty big story to me, but still no national coverage – not any that I came across at least.

Why is that? Is it because it was in a dangerous neighborhood? Is it because the incident was sparked by a gang dispute and this type of violence is “expected” or not “shocking?”

Well, I’m shocked and angry. Bullying and gang violence are not issues we can afford to ignore.

What do you think?

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1:06AM PST on Jan 9, 2012

Bullying is getting way out of hand. Seems people do not have the time or care to raise the kids they're having.

10:41AM PST on Jan 5, 2012

Wow!

11:39AM PST on Dec 27, 2011

I'm not surprised this didn't make national news. Our nation is more interested in what the Kardashians and Lindsay Lohan are doing. Truly pathetic!

12:17AM PST on Dec 21, 2011

sick sad world

7:27PM PST on Dec 19, 2011

Insane! This should have been national news.

10:19AM PST on Dec 19, 2011

How dare they keep this quiet? It's such an outrage. How can stupid teenagers think, in any way, that threatening a girl with a heart problem with 40+ other students and weapons is by any means funny or smart? It's unbelievable. Where were the parents?

6:57PM PST on Dec 17, 2011

Lyn B...This is the result of what they learn from the previous generation and the generations before that too.They are also learning of the values and morals and eithcs taught them right now when lack of discpline and respect is let slide.they are not holding themsleves accountable for their own actions.Usually it is the defenceless and innocent who pay or it.
I think frustration plays a big part too because of al that .I read not so long ago that about 65% follow the lead of their parents.

6:26PM PST on Dec 17, 2011

I'm sure I keep repeating myself but it's more sad that it's too often true not that I'm repetitive.
What is happening to our country? What is wrong with people? And it's not just us but we need to start with ourselves first.

I don't know if it's true of the teens in this story but some of the biggest factors today are teens having children, which is basically kids having kids, too many single moms (not the single moms' that responsibly prepared for it), and the baby daddy phenomenon.

6:21PM PST on Dec 16, 2011

The news only show what they are allowed to show. The 'owners' make the decisions and I guess 1 girl being bullied by 55 other kids wasnt important enough to them. I bet if it was THEIR kid, the world would know about it. And like others said: where are the parents???? what the HELL is going on anymore???? 55 kids went to start a fight with one girl? They must have been VERY intimidated by this young woman.

7:17PM PST on Dec 13, 2011

Gloria H., Thank You so VERY MUCH for being a Positive-Parentla INFLUENCE, for NOT Only your Chil{ren}, but also for others! THE OLD ADDAGE STATED THAT IT TAKES THE WHOLE VILLAGE TO RAISE A CHILD & IT STILL DOES! Sadly, many, Many, MANY Children these days have parents that didn't/don't REALLY want to be parents & if they can't use their child{ren} to take care of themselves they eventually give up even playing the role & toss the kids aside! This is unfortunate, yet still NO excuse for children to behave as animals! We, IN PARTICULAR AS ADULTS/WOMEN/MOTHERS/MEN & FATHERS HAVE GOT TO WORK TOGETHER TO CHANGE THE TIDES OF THIS EXTREMELY UNRULY GENRATION OF CHILDREN COMING UP! The ONLY waya generation of Our children can TRULY be lost is if We as a their Elders, give up!

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