Police Chief Concerned About Rising Teen Violence

A weekend stabbing that sent one Newport teen to the hospital and another behind bars has the police chief speaking out.

The stabbing happened around 3:00 a.m. on Saturday in the White Sands Development in Newport.

Police say a 14-year-old boy stabbed a 15-year-old boy in the front and back of his shoulder and he also had cuts on his arm and stomach.

Newport Police Chief Jeff Clark says he's concerned with the rising violence among teens in Newport.

While the stabbing did not happen at school, Clark says the violence began to increase after the district removed the student resource officer from the middle school.

The Carteret County School District says it knows how important school resource officers are, but says there is no funding for them in middle schools.


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  • by porter on May 11, 2011 at 07:09 AM
    This article is not about DRUGS! It is about a boy who got stabbed! Let me add that it was while trying to keep his 13 yo sister from being promiscuous in the bushes and the price of looking out for HER well being gets him stabbed in the process! WOW... next thing you know someone will throw in a race card...
  • by BHG Location: ENC on May 10, 2011 at 08:02 AM
    Response: The atmosphere generated by the drug problem is the catalyst for many of our social problems. The stabbing incident is just one example of the social decay directly or indirectly linked to drugs. I do not know where you get your information from, but I have firsthand experience with a young man in the family. I have personally taken him to both the probation officer and the rehab classes. I can verify that he does have to pay these "services". Perhaps you are referring to the juvenile system only; if that is the case your comments may be correct. You are correct about the parent’s part, but as far as the courts go, the parents are practically left out of the picture. Corruption and greed is at the heart of numerous problems in America, and the people will not unite to fight it. They keep electing people who promise them everything they want rather than electing qualified experienced candidates who have displayed integrity during their careers. The real problem is with uninformed (unqualified) voters.
  • by response to BHG Location: ENC on May 10, 2011 at 07:07 AM
    The story was about one juvenile stabbing another. I am unclear where your soapbox rant about the adult system comes in to play, but juveniles do not incur a monetary responsibility to see their court counselors, nor do they for the modt part pay for services. Insurance money and grant monies pay for those services. The services received by juveniles is comprehensive, extensive and is geared to keep them from making poor decisions in the hope that they will not end up in the adult system. There is no magic wand that can be waved to cure the problems, but putting funding in the right places instead of wasting it on needless projects and outragious salaries may start to help the problem. The biggest part of it is that parents need to start being parents and stop being their children's friends. I am a parent and I am doing everything that I can to keep my child on the straight and narrow and away from trouble. We need to be more proactive as parents and discipline our children, but we also need stricter sanctions from the courts.
  • by BHG Location: ENC on May 10, 2011 at 04:26 AM
    Having lived for seven decades I can look back and make some comparisons to kids many years ago and kids today. There has been a huge change over the years, and unfortunately the change has generally been for the worst. At the root, I can see that the presence of drugs plays a major role in this negative change. Today drugs flow openly on the street, and they are setting the standard for the social environment of our kids. Behind the drugs is an opportunity for corrupt adults to profit greatly from the business of drug trafficking. The kid gets caught using or dealing drugs; he pays bail and hires a lawyer, the lawyer “arranges” a deal with the legal system that places the kid back on the street with conditions that he attend, and pay for, so called, classes on drug abuse, he has to pay to meet with a probation officer on a regular basis. It becomes difficult to obtain a job due to his criminal record but he has to find some way to pay for his mandatory “rehabilitation process”. In fear of having his probation revoked, he sells drugs in order to pay for his court ordered useless rehab program administered by unqualified people, and he gets caught again and the process starts all over again. The “legal machine” isn’t solving the problem; it is making huge profits by facilitating the problem. Our concerned citizens have to demand that this be brought to a halt; the legal thugs must be put out of operation and be put behind bars, then with good guidance our youth may stand a chance. I will try to repost this in articles that pertain to the drug problem. Maybe the message will sink in.
  • by JusticeForAll on May 9, 2011 at 07:48 PM
    How about we start by asking what a 14 and 15 year old were doing out and about at 3am? How about we ask why these little punks are obsessed with violence and "street cred" instead of worrying about their grades at school? How about we ask what the parents were doing instead of keep track of their kids at 3am?
  • by RdoubleD on May 9, 2011 at 07:00 PM
    Lock the fool parents up for the same length. Charges of stupidity. Make it a crime to be more ignorant than a child.
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      by um on May 9, 2011 at 07:22 PM in reply to RdoubleD
      hey thats a great idea. you must not be a parent. being a parent i know that you do not control your children. theres no such thing. you can frighten them into submission or beat them i guess. but ultimately its their choice. i do everything i know to be right and hope and pray my kid doesnt do something like this. the parents are in some cases to blame, when theyre negligent/on drugs/instigating issues between kids. but its really rare--most parents want their kids to do whats right and will do their best to make sure they understand. parenting. its not as easy as it looks. but it sure as hell is easy to judge, apparently.
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