Even though the rumors about Wal-Mart gang initiation murder plans have turned out to be a hoax, it pays to warn your teens to be aware of what is going on around them.
One day you have a sweet little baby, whom you protect and watch over. Sixteen years later, that baby has a license to drive and goes anywhere and everywhere. Walmart is a popular destination with everyone these days, including teens. Whether he is running to the store to grab a gallon of milk for you, or she wants to purchase the latest T.I. CD, you’ll want to make sure your teen is aware of Walmart news about possible Walmart gang activity.
The last thing you want is for your child to be involved in a Walmart shooting or even in the vicinity of any type of targeted gang activity.
So, what can you say to protect your older child from Wal-mart gang initiations and gang activity elsewhere?
- Urge your child to be aware of his or her surroundings. If there is a car full of rough looking teens sitting with their car running that may not be a good sign.
- Tell your teen to be aware of anyone following them out to their car and to turn around and look that person in the face. This is often enough to dissaude a would be attacker, gang member or not.
- Even though this particular incident was a hoax, the hoax itself can sometimes cause issues, so if you know of any type of threat hanging out there, ask your child not to go to that area for a while.
- Encourage your teen to go to the store during daytime hours, park under a light at night and if ever uncertain to ask a security guard or store employee to walk him or her out.
Imagine how surprised and frightened high school students, teachers and local police were as they began to receive text messages that there was going to be a gang initiation and murder at a local Wal-mart. The texts were sent to people all over the country. Thankfully, this turned out to be a cruel and sick joke this time, but it should serve to make parents and teens more aware of the potential dangers in everyday tasks and help them take precautions to protect themselves.