ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–With teenaged mobs and violence recently in University City and downtown St. Louis — a local minster who works with young people is warning it could be “a long hot summer.”

“What happened last weekend near the Loop is reprehensible,” said the Reverend Earl Nance Jr., of the Greater Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church.

Nance says the weekend teen mob in the Loop with arrests and a shooting two hours later may be part of a pattern that includes this week’s report of 15 teens roving downtown beating and kicking two homeless men, and robbing a 16-year old boy.

“What’s different is the diminishing of parental influence,” Nance said.

img 08281 Minister says Teen Mobs and Violence Symptom of Parental Void

The Reverend Earl Nance Junior (KMOX/file photo)

Nance says the recent teen violence — and the sporadic pattern of the knockout game — convinces him that parents are not doing their jobs.

“Sit your child down, and lay the law down about what you expect and don’t expect,” Nance said, “Parents or guardians or grandmothers have to step up to the plate, and not make excuses, and lay the law down of how you act when you go out.”

Nance also says many parents are failing to set an example by taking their kids to church.

“If young people are not exposed to church, how are they going to get it?” Nance said.

When asked if city churches doing enough to reach young people, Nance says they could always do more, but says there is “a revival” going on.

“The churches are doing there part, or it would be worse,” Nance said, “If we didn’t have the programs and young people coming to Christ, and learning about Christ, and learning about the proper way to do things.”

Nance also hopes families take advantage of the city’s summer recreation programs, and keep their kids involved in organized activities to lessen their idle time.

“It doesn’t have to be a long, hot summer if we act now,” Nance said.

Copyright KMOX

Comments (2)
  1. . says:

    This story starts off with good intentions but ends in utter nonsense. It is true that some parents do not supervise their children properly, but there are many areas that dont have the problems of shootings and knockout games and the parents are doing an adequete job. But look specificallt at where these crimes are happening, and the people that keep committing the crimes, and that is where the attention needs to be. Yound single black mothers are having kids with immature men that dont stay aroung to raise and develop the children. They grow up on the streets and have no real moral compass or direction, and no guidance from home. But please don’t lump all of us together, because there are nice, peaceful communities west of where this trouble is happening that do not have shootings and violence and the dual parent families are doing just fine. Look at where the problem is and blame the people with the problem. And the comment about church is ridiculous. I could name thouseand of examples of church crimes and corruption, but I will start in Philly where the catholic diocese is going on trial for allowing at least 24 priests to molest and rape children at a camp and they new about it all the way back to the sixties. Some of these kids because criminals, deivants, and even committed suicide, what about the brothers at Desmet that were teaching, coaching, and abusing the students there. I could go on for days going all the way back to the decades of abuse by priests in Ireland on young children. Church will not help this situation and will only drive these kids deeper into depression and criminal behavior. Any parent that leaves their child in the care of ppedophile priests should be held criminally liable when the abuse occurs. Bottom line. Treat the criminals like criminals and stop making excuses for them when the rape or assault, or become knockout kings.

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