Last night at 9:20, while walking home from what I considered a late night at the feast, I passed the Prado. To my dismay, there were in excess of 200 teens gathered there. Being the mother of a teen myself, I decided to walk through, with my 4 year old daughter in tow, to make sure my own child and her friends were not in the mix. As I walked by, I witnessed public drinking, urinating (boys and girls) and public displays of affection. When one young boy held up his bottle of vodka and asked, “Would you like a sip?”, I managed to maintain my self control and instead dialed 911.
Police responded within 10 minutes. As soon as several cruisers and foot patrolled officers arrived, these teens scattered-a telltale sign that they were definitely up to no good. The officers emptied bottles and clearly stated to them that if they “are seen in groups larger than 5 kids, they will be taken in.”
Not a single one of the teens there last night was from the North End. They had come from the suburbs. They came and littered a park with bottles and urine. They came because they thought the North End is the place to be. As residents, we need to send the message that it is not a place where they are welcomed if their only activity is underage drinking. As easily as a single “tweet” probably let hundreds of kids know where to go on a Friday night, the same message can be sent that the North End is not the place to hang out. We have a moral obligation to call 911. These kids are drinking. The dangers associated with it are numerous. We cannot turn a blind eye.
Later, as I made my way home, I heard a smaller groups of kids on their phones asking where the “Flights” were and another group making arrangements to meet behind the rink. These are the NE hot spots. Let’s make sure they become an undesirable place to be. Call 911.