Christmas week is upon us, and it has certainly been a challenging time for local law enforcement as teenagers have been causing disturbances at shopping centers. A significant altercation occurred on Tuesday in Western New York, resulting in the arrival of numerous police vehicles at the Walden Galleria.
The weather this year is much more manageable compared to last year’s blizzard. Last year, people were confined to their homes, and businesses remained closed for several days until the roads and highways were cleared. However, this year, it appears that young people are venturing out and gathering in large groups.
The Cheektowaga Police had a busy day after Christmas as they arrested one person while dealing with multiple reports of “crowds” of teenagers being escorted out of the mall on Walden Avenue.
Large crowds of teens caused a chaotic atmosphere at the Walden Galleria Tuesday night, requiring police to deploy pepper spray in two instances, the Cheektowaga Police Department said. https://t.co/BFZTQLpJq3
— News 4 Buffalo (@news4buffalo) December 27, 2023
According to a report by Channel 2 in Buffalo, it was stated that:
2 On Your Side spoke to Cheektowaga Police Department Chief Brian Coons said police responded to the scene with NY State Police and the NFTA Police Tuesday.
2 On Your Side spoke to Cheektowaga Police Department Chief Brian Coons said police responded to the scene with NY State Police and the NFTA Police Tuesday. https://t.co/zW1M2dfPgl
— WGRZ (@WGRZ) December 27, 2023
It appears that there is a need for a location, event, or age-appropriate activity for teenagers in Western New York. While some may actively seek trouble, the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day often leaves many teenagers with open downtime. It would be beneficial for community leaders to devise a plan to keep these teenagers engaged and occupied during this period.
Teen violence appears to be on the rise in the Buffalo and Western New York area, with incidents becoming more frequent. Just last week, a significant altercation in the Downtown area resulted in one person getting injured.
Teen stabbed during fight in downtown Buffalo https://t.co/Vx1wyU76Be
— The Buffalo News (@TheBuffaloNews) December 12, 2023
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