The Washington Times website reports today (August 20, 2011) that the leader of a Philadelphia teen "flash mob" -- that assaulted people at random and provoked the mayor to lecture black youths of personal responsibility -- has been sentenced to confinement in a juvenile detention facility.
A judge berated the 17-year-old and two other youths on August 18 for beating four people and robbing them. The teens admitted their involvement in the July 29 rampage.
Destructive flash mobs -- in which youths often congregate by texting each other or using other social media -- have become a problem recently for many communities.
The July 29 attack prompted Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter -- who is black -- to deliver a church sermon in which he told black teens, "You have damaged your own race."