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Memphis: Mob of Violent Teens Is Second in a Month

By    |   Monday, 29 September 2014 07:35 PM

Another teenage mob went on a rampage Friday night in Memphis, Tennessee, flooding the streets near a local high school and attacking several people, according to reports.

Police told WREG-TV three teens have been cited by Memphis police in the mob incident, which happened around 10 p.m. local time near Central High School.

One of the victims, Sharon Mourning, described the experience.

"So we (were) just driving and all of a sudden all of the kids ran into the middle of the street," Mourning told WREG. "All of a sudden, just about 20 kids are on top of my car with about 40 more kids around my car and they kicking, they stomping, they jumping, you know they hitting the windows."

Mourning was riding with her daughter at the time.

"They was just laughing and hollering, and doing what they were doing and having fun with it," Mourning said.

Police said another man was attacked in his vehicle after he honked his horn at the youths.

Police told WREG that a second man and a teenager were also assaulted in the area during that time.

For her part, Mourning managed to alert police, call 911, and identify some of the juveniles responsible. Three of the teens were issued summons and sent home.

"Several juvenile summons were issued by MPD in connection with these incidents; however, these investigations are ongoing," Memphis Police Department Director Toney Armstrong said in a statement. "Due to these incidents occurring after a high school football game, I will be reaching out to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office and the Shelby County School District to ensure these school events have adequate law enforcement present. It is also imperative that parents and guardians become more engaged in their children's day-to-day activities. Parental supervision is crucial to reducing delinquent behavior; we have got to get our parents more involved with what is going on in the lives of our children."

This is the second violent attack involving juveniles in the last month in Memphis. On Sept. 8, three people were harmed outside a Kroger store in East Memphis.

Memphis' sky-high levels of violent crime contributed to making Tennessee the most dangerous state in America in 2012, and while the city's schools have improved somewhat since the "dropout factory" days of 2002, Memphis students' high school graduation rate was barely above 70 percent in 2013.

Memphis has a history of violent crimes. In a 2012 ranking by Forbes, Memphis was named the second-most dangerous U.S. city, behind Detroit. Last year, Tennessee also earned a separate distinction as the most dangerous state.

The Memphis Journal reported in October 2013 that Tennessee had 388 murders in 2012, with most of the violent crime centered in Memphis and Nashville. Memphis' violent crime rate was ranked fifth in the U.S.

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