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Sheriff Issues Plea to Parents After Girl Stabbed in Walmart

12-year-old is among 4 girls charged in Louisiana killing
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2021 2:04 PM CST

(Newser) – After a 15-year-old girl was stabbed to death in a Walmart in Louisiana Saturday night, the local sheriff issued a heartfelt plea for parents to help stop the frightening rise in youth violence. "This is not something we can police our way out of," said Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, who urged parents to "take control." Police say the teen was stabbed to death in the Lake Charles Walmart by four girls who are now in juvenile detention. A 13-year-old is accused of murder and three others, ages 12, 13, and 14, also face charges, KATC reports. After a fight inside the Walmart, the girls allegedly stabbed the victim with knives stolen from the store. "It’s really heartbreaking when we have to come in and pick up the pieces, because so many families were damaged after this," Mancuso said Sunday.

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"It’s just a cycle that we have to stop, and we’re just fed up with it," the sheriff said. He said this is the third homicide in six months involving minors between 11 and 16, the Charlotte Observer reports. He said a curfew of 11pm on weekdays and midnight on weekends will be strictly enforced, but police can't solve the problem on their own. "This is a parenting issue," Mancuso said. "People need to know where their kids are. They need to know what's going on in their lives." He said the whole community needs to "step up and get involved," and urged parents to keep track of their children's social media accounts. "The whole murder played out on there," the sheriff said. (Read more Louisiana stories.)

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