Philly Cracks Down on Teen Flash Mobs
Cops warn kids joining SMS-organized gangs
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2010 3:16 AM CDT
Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter reassure residents of their safety and outlines the city's response to the recent unrest caused by roving mobs of unruly youths.   (AP Photo/Mark Stehle)

(Newser) – Philadelphia's top cop has warned teenagers that they can go to jail for joining texted "flash mobs" in which groups of rampaging teens attack property and passers-by. Hundreds of rowdy teenagers, organized by email or text message, have gathered in downtown Philly on recent weekends and the police plan to increase manpower and tighten curfews in response, the New York Times reports.

Police have warned parents they can be held responsible for their children's behavior. The city's major rejects suggestions that cuts in city youth services are to blame for the mobs. "I don’t think people should be finding excuses for inappropriate behavior,” said Mayor Nutter. “There is no racial component to stupid behavior, and parents should not be looking to the government to provide entertainment for their children.”

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eugenebooker
Mar 27, 2010 12:30 AM CDT
IM DYING TO RUN INTO A FLASH MOB OR TWO,I DONT LIKE THESE YOUNG FOKES ANYWAY,THEY HAVE NO RESPECT OR THIER VERY UNEDUCATED.ANY PERSON OR ANY PERSON OF THE MATTER GOES TO SCHOOL ALL DAY,THEN GETS DISMISSED JUST TO HIT THE STREETS AND HURT STRANGERS AROUND THE WORK PLACE ARE STUPIT AND COWARDS.YOU SEE THEY DONT GO DOWN NORTH PHILLY WITH THAT.THEY KNOW WHO TO TARGET.THE ONLY WAY TO MAKE THEM STOP IS TO GET ABOUT TEN OF THEM AND MAKE AND EXAMPLE OF THEM,AND WATCH THE REST FALL,how did parents let the dollar boyz and there leader fat cat get this far out of control.one man controls 30,000 or more youth is like hitler with a costume.BEWARE OF THE CHILDREN THEY FIGURED IT OUT.
submarinesoup
Mar 26, 2010 4:59 AM CDT
Destroying property? Attacking passers-by? Sounds like "angry mob" was the phrase you were looking for. I was under the impression that flash mobs were innocent pranks.
Grilgus
Mar 26, 2010 2:42 AM CDT
Flash mobs aren't always violent though. Some of them are just organized to be wacky; see: most flash mob videos on youtube