Students Riot And Loot At Strip Mall During Gun Walkout
IL – A crowd of students swarmed a south side strip mall during
Wednesday’s National Walkout Day demonstration, leaving a trail of
destruction in their wake.
“They pretty much trashed this whole area,” GameStop manager Robert Owens told Blue Lives Matter on Thursday.
nationwide demonstration, touted as a demand for gun control
legislation, was slated to last for exactly 17 minutes, in remembrance
of each of the 17 people murdered during the Valentine’s Day massacre at
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the Chicago Sun Times reported.
Not all of the protests were peaceful.
On Chicago’s South
Side, Simeon Career Academy students descended on businesses situated in
a strip mall behind the school, and began harassing customers and
“Things started out
cool,” a Potbelly Sandwich Shop manager, who did not want to be further
identified, told Blue Lives Matter. “But then some of the guys started
yelling, threatened the employees, and said they were going to come back
[into the kitchen area] and make their own food.”
There were at least 50 teens in the eatery at one point, and they came inside in groups of 10 to 15 at a time, he said.
The manager noted
that Potbelly’s also serves many elderly customers, some of whom were in
the shop when the students began wreaking havoc.
He said that the
students’ behavior and vulgar language was “disrespectful,” and that the
Potbelly’s employees were ultimately forced to contact Chicago police
as the teens’ antics escalated.
The students were
escorted out of the restaurant by law enforcement before they caused any
physical damage to the business, the manager said.
Meanwhile, at a
nearby GameStop, alert employees began to grow concerned as
approximately 20 teens began milling around the store without making any
purchases, Owens told Blue Lives Matter.
Owens said that the students moved through the area outisde the store in a “huge, single-file line.”
were able to clear out customers, and locked up the business before
problems arose, he said, adding that nearby stores were not so
According to an
anonymous J&J Fish and Chicken employee, the students attacked a
delivery truck outside of the restaurant, and stole numerous
Arizona-brand drinks that were being delivered to the business.
“There was no trouble inside, just outside,” the employee told Blue Lives Matter.
manager said that the shop has experienced problems with Simeon students
in the past, usually due to fights. In light of Wednesday’s events, the
business may require students to be accompanied by adults in order to
receive service, he said.
Video of the teens
trashing a nearby Walmart store during the protest went viral before the
video was taken down several hours later. A Walmart store manager told
Blue Lives Matter that he was not allowed to provide any information
regarding the incident.
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