Giving truth to Memphis youth
By Ivy Arnold (Central High School)
Out of all places, a mob of teens and young adults chose Kroger to play the infamous game “point ‘em out, knock ‘em out” game. For those unaware of this game, it is when a group of people, randomly points out a stranger and runs up to that person and attempts to knock them out. On Sept. 6, a large group of teens and young adults created possibly one of the largest participations of the ‘game’ at a Poplar Plaza. From Lazer Quest, to CiCi’s Pizza, and lastly to Kroger, the violence ensued. It was further heightened by three people being beaten knocked unconscious after being kicked, punched, and even hit with hefty pumpkins from the outside display stands.
As word traveled throughout the night into the morning about this nasty incident, it made its way onto Memphians television screens, Instagram pages, and even made the national news as it was such a shocking incident. Being a native Memphian, crimes such as this, makes not only the city look deplorable, but also teens that live here, especially (in this particular incident) those of color, including myself. It creates a predetermined perspective of what goes on in Memphis, what Memphis is all about, and how Memphians respond to reality. Going throughout the streets of Memphis and the halls of Central High, several students felt that the incident was stupid and unnecessary, as if the mob wished to have fun they could have simply went to the fair or either stayed at home playing Xbox or PlayStation video games.
Teens at Central had varying reactions, but all interviewed condemned the incident. Students complained the incident unfairly creates a stereotype of teens, with one arguing that teens complain of violence committed by police or other parties, but engage in violent acts themselves.
So teens out there in Memphis, and everywhere, break out of being just another statistic or a stereotype; take responsibility and make your peers aware of their decisions and how they actually do affect you, and most importantly, live by a rule that all Central Warriors recite at every pep rally, “Don’t do nothing STUPID!”