Opinion

The residents who live here; for the knowledge, safety of their children and themselves need to know there is a lot of negative activity going on - the unacceptable burglaries in town, the absolutely unacceptable activity every Friday and Saturday night between 8 and 11 p.m. over at the Loews Movie Theatre in Levittown. The staged chick fights where hundreds of kids meet and cheer on other middle school girls to beat each other up. Ask your kids to show you how to get on youtube.com and you will be shocked. Right in the middle of the day. This happened on a Thursday at about 2 p.m. by the track behind Abbey Lane School over the winter break and God only knows how many other times and where else. Apparently the police were called and about 200 kids were there. Do you know where your child was on that day? Will anyone let the residents know about this?

At the movie theater recently again apparently every Friday and Saturday night 50-70 kids hang out behind the movie theater drinking and getting rowdy. Kids are fighting, one night a kid was stabbed in the neck with an ice pick and wound up with 152 stitches ear to neck. The same night a boy was stabbed in the head with a broken vodka bottle; he was a middle school kid from Island Trees so I'm told. Security guards have been trampled and beaten up. Doors are broken, windows, faucets in the bathroom, stall doors, managers are spit at, cursed at and they claim if you were there you would probably get the same treatment and maybe attacked as well. Isn't that delightful? The police come but the movie theatre claims sometimes they do not even get out of their cars. They need more help in controlling these kids because most of this does go on outside of the theater. Wendy's has problems with packs of kids blocking the drive thru, Kohl's has problems with kids coming in and laying on display beds and being disrespectful, using their store as places for scavenger hunts and just being rude. The manager at Loews reports that after working in a very tough area of NYC - he has never seen anything like it. He said that the children who come on the Friday and Saturday nights are the nastiest kids he has ever seen.

This is not the Levittown I grew up in. Parents need to step up and make sure they are watching their kids. Know where they are and who they are with and what they are doing. Police need to get out of their cars - demand the respect they should be receiving and control these situations and bring these kids home to their parents - maybe even issue appearance tickets. Parents and police need to forget about being these kids' friends. They have plenty their own age - trust me. They need to be guided and protected - that is your job, start doing it!

If everyone starts stepping up and raising these kids and teaching these kids and correcting them the way they should be, maybe there will be hope for Levittown and other communities and these kids futures. When parents and police are not doing their job --- you get exactly what is going on right now. Don't point the finger at anyone else - you as police and parents know exactly how you are conducting yourselves and taking responsibility for your job as a parent and an officer. Nobody says it is an easy job, but do it for the sake of our kids and the next generation moving forward. And if you are not taking your responsibility seriously - shame on you!

What will it take before people start - a kid being seriously injured or maybe even killed?

Mary Pat Morra


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