Push parents and community to step up after a large group of teenagers, the deadly chaos of the city center


CHICAGO (CBS) — Marion Richardson, 17, is charged with shooting and killing 16-year-old Seandell Holliday right next to the Cloud Gate sculpture in Millennium Park last Saturday.

We learned on Monday that Richardson lives with an older brother. Her father is dead and her mother lives out of state. All of this points to a bigger issue that some teens face with issues at home.

As CBS 2’s Jermont Terry reported Monday night, parents and the community are being pressured to intervene.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot found it odd that so many teenagers were coming downtown on Saturday night without adults. It’s a key reason she’s moving the weekend curfew to 10 p.m. and also limiting the times unaccompanied minors can be in Millennium Park.

But we delved Monday night into the question of why so many young people are wandering unsupervised through the city.

The scene of teenagers kicking into vehicles, starting fights and ignoring Chicago police orders downtown has left so many unsettled.

“The first thing I thought of was, where are their parents, and do they know where they are – and why do they have so much freedom?” said Alexis Lias.

Lias is a single parent of four sons, including Alex Ousley.

“It’s crazy to me how all these kids are grabbing guns — because I haven’t even held a gun a day in my life,” Ousley said.

Ousley, 20, shunned street influences by living in the city’s far south Pullman neighborhood and is now a sophomore in Arkansas.

“College has been really good for me,” he said. “You know, I’ve been through new things, met new people.”

Mother and son watched what happened over the weekend, wondering if those running through the streets causing chaos understood the consequences.

“Either you’re going to do something to the parents, or you’re going to put these kids somewhere where they’re listened to, and they’re shown that’s not okay,” Lias said.

Lias and her son credit Diane Latiker and her nonprofit Kids Off the Block with saving Ousley and so many others.

Latiker – known as Ms. Diane – showed us piles of heavy bricks bearing the names of children and young adults who have been murdered since her organization was founded 19 years ago.

While Ms. Diane doesn’t justify what we saw over the weekend downtown, she points out that rage, disrespect and missing programs have been bubbling in Pullman and other Chicago neighborhoods for decades. years.

“We face this every day,” she said.

And until everyone understands that what happens in one community affects all of Chicago, she said the violence — and sadly — those bricks with the victims’ names on them — will show up.

“Alienating them – and telling them they can only come down at a certain time – where do you think they’re going to go?” said Latiker. “Anywhere they can find. There will be a new spot next week.

It is believed that in some cases, teenagers wander off when many of their parents are working late at night, leaving many parents unaware that their teenagers are wandering around.

Meanwhile, Ms Diane Sand’s social media plays a key role in all the recklessness we’re seeing downtown – with a teenager trying to get as much likes and attention.

But Mayor Lightfoot warned young people and their parents – saying the city would not accept such conduct.


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