In the last few springs and summers, bored youths clamoring for something to do converged on the Country Club Plaza. They disturbed the peace and disrupted people out for a nighttime stroll, dining, drinking and shopping.
Police and security patrols were beefed up, politicians and community activists sounded alarms, and special entertainment activities for teens were created elsewhere so calm would return to the Plaza. It sort of did.
But now that the weather is cold, the teens (and trouble) have moved indoors to Independence Center. On Friday night some stores in the mall were closed after 200 to 300 young people created some “disruptions,” police reported. That included some fights.
There was no activism involved like what has taken place in Ferguson, Mo., and elsewhere in the country after police shootings of black men. just bored youths.
Police described the gathering as an organized “flash mob” in which social media was used to direct crowds of teens to the Independence Center, The Kansas City Star reports. No arrests were made, and the only damage was to a shopping center door that was knocked off its hinges.
Expect security and police patrols to increase to try to quell problems from bored youths out of school for the holidays. That could cause the gathering to move to another mall.