Breeding Ground for Bad Conduct
A gang of young men pulled up and yelled lewd things at my daughter as she walked down Broad Street.
She was terrified. The sad thing is that it happened on the main street in broad daylight in Southern Pines.
Southern Pines used to be a safe place, a place where a pretty young woman could walk down Broad Street without fear.
“Build it and they will come” is the idea behind the midnight basketball social program. It is based on two realities.
First, according to FBI statistics, most crimes are committed by young men under the age of 30 who come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Second, these same young men love to play basketball.
Low-skill, low-pay jobs and old and poorly maintained rental units available in the area have come together to create places for the FBI’s demographic to work and live near Southern Pines. The basketball court in downtown Southern Pines has created a place for them to congregate.
It won’t be long before Southern Pines gains a reputation as a haven for the FBI’s criminal demographic.
The young men who harassed my daughter had the boldness of people who have done this sort of thing before and have gotten away with it. What will be next?
I believe that it is time to either take down the basketball court or move it away from the downtown area. Please do it before harassment turns into something worse.
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