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Neighbor Regrets Calling Police

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Fort Worth, TX — James Smith, a man from Dallas who called the police because he was worried about his neighbor, Atatiana Jefferson, now says he regrets doing so. Sadly, when the police arrived to her home to help, they shot and killed her instead. At that time, she was playing video games with her nephew inside their home.

Smith said he noticed that day around 2 a.m. that Jefferson’s lights were on and her door was open. He got worried because it was not usual for them so he called a non-emergency police number to request a welfare check to make sure they were safe.

“I’m calling about my neighbor,” Smith can be heard telling police during the call in a recording released by the Forth Worth police department. “It’s not normal for them to have both of the doors open this time of night.”

According to the department’s statement, police arrived in Jefferson’s house a few minutes after the call and found a person standing inside near a window.

A white police officer, who was seen on a body camera footage looking into the bedroom window, then shouted, “Put your hands up! Show me your hands!” before firing a shot.

“I’m shaken. I’m mad. I’m upset. And I feel it’s partly my fault,” Smith told the Forth Worth Star-Telegram. “If I had never dialed the police department, she’d still be alive.”

Smith said that the terrible incident has shaken his trust in the police.

“They tell you, ‘If you see something, say something… Well, if you do that and it costs somebody to lose their life, it makes you not want to do that. And that’s sad,” he said.

Jefferson, a 28-year old woman, was a graduate of the Xavier University of Louisiana in 2014 with a degree in biology. She was living with his 8-year old nephew, whom she was playing video games with when the incident happened.

GoFundMe page has been set up to support her family with funeral costs and other expenses. It has so far exceeded the $200,000 goal.

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Did the Pandemic Increase Young Adult Crimes?

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Ever since the pandemic began, media outlets have been overloaded with news reports and aggressive political commentary highlighting major violent crimes committed by young people. The topic has received a lot of media exposure across the nation, fueling efforts to restore youth justice policies that have already been implemented in several states.
The decade culminating in 2020 saw a considerable decline in crime statistics, but the following years have seen an upsurge in violent crime in numerous US cities. Most recent statistics revealed that there had been a 39% increase in firearm-related attacks and a 23% increase in firearm-related robberies.

Reasons Behind the Rise in Young Adult Crimes
There are several interconnected causes of juvenile crimes like bullying, poverty, lack of accountability, hostile home environments, and social disadvantage, which all increase the likelihood of crimes.

Problems in School
Problems in school are a contributing factor to adolescent delinquency. Numerous factors connected to education can cause a young adult to engage in criminal activities. One of the biggest causes is absenteeism. A child who frequently skips school will neither profit from their education nor develop the discipline of going to school daily.
When a student struggles academically or has a parent who is generally uninterested if they attend school this could lead to circumstances that encourage criminal behavior.

Family Issues
A child’s growth is significantly influenced by the family, particularly the parents. One of the risks can be problems within the family. These problems may be societal, financial, etc.
The number of immigrants in the United States is also rising, and they include kids without parents. An unsuitable environment may encourage a teenager to engage in a crime. Domestic abuse, parental negligence, and unhealthy habits, among other things, can lead to criminal behavior.

Substance Abuse
Children living in homes where family members practice drug abuse increase the probability of criminal offenses by these minors. Even among younger adults, it’s estimated that 2 out of 5 instances of rape and sexual assault against college students were committed by a person believed to be under the influence of drugs.

Poverty
Criminal behavior might also result from a lack of access to food, clothes, or shelter. There is an increased likelihood that many different criminal activities will occur if a minor’s basic requirements are not satisfied.
The COVID-19 pandemic and its resulting economic fallout caused tens of millions of people to lose their jobs. Unemployment remained high throughout 2020 and about 20 million households reported having too little to eat in the past seven days. Another 10 million households reported being behind on rent.

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10-year-old black girl dies from online TikTok challenge, family warns others.

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Nyla Anderson, a 10-year old girl from Chester, Pennsylvania, has sadly died after reportedly trying the “blackout challenge” that tells participants to hold their breath until they faint. Her grieving family wants to alert others about its dangers.

Nyla was found unconscious in her bedroom of their home on December 7. She was rushed to the hospital where she was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit for days before she died on December 12.

“She happened to be in her own bedroom of her house, with her family at home,” Elizabeth Wood, a licensed clinical social worker at the local hospital, told ABC 7. “But no one was in the bedroom with her when this happened, so there was no one there to save her.”

Her family describes her as a happy and bright child who spoke 3 languages. They are still in a state of shock after Nylah’s tragic death.

“I’m so hurt,” said her mother Tawainna Anderson. “This is a pain that won’t go away. It’s at the top of my throat. I am so hurt.”

Moreover, Nylah’s family wanted her story to be known, warning other parents to keep a close eye on their children to prevent it from happening.

“Make sure you check your kids’ phones,” Tawainna said. “You never know what you might find on their phones. You wouldn’t think 10-year-olds would try this. They’re trying because they’re kids and they don’t know better.”

The trend, which reportedly traces back to the 1990s, had been recently resurfacing on social media where it spreads faster. A TikTok spokesperson said it is taking measures to stop users from sharing any content that promotes dangerous behavior.

“This disturbing ‘challenge,’ which people seem to learn about from sources other than TikTok, long predates our platform and has never been a TikTok trend,” the spokesperson said, according to Today. “We remain vigilant in our commitment to user safety and would immediately remove related content if found. Our deepest sympathies go out to the family for their tragic loss.”

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