Thursday May 24, 2018

Show Notes for Thursday May 24, 2018


Dear John,

This is a pretty weird letter, but I've heard others that may be more bizarre. My husband and I are still getting used to being empty nesters, Our youngest left for college last year, so I'm not sure who all the kids are in the neighborhood these days, but I have driven past a few “organized fights” in the street recently. The last one was over the weekend. There was a group of neighbor kids in a parking lot near my home with boxing gloves on and a crowd cheering the two boys on. They all seemed to be about 11 years old to maybe 15. This looked like a scene from the movie “Fight Club” to me. When I parked in my garage an walked out to see if everything was OK... they had already taken off. This is the second time I've witnessed a street fight with these young kids. After the first incident I told my husband that I wanted to call the police, but he told me to “stay out of it” now that there has been a second event I think I need to call the police. What do you think? Is this just kids being kids as my husband says? Do you think someone may get hurt if I don't intervene? That's my fear. What are your thoughts?

Signed – Concerned Neighbor

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