KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A teen mob on the Country Club Plaza may end up changing a city ordinance.
Mayor Sly James acknowledged on Monday that city council members might reconsider expanding a summer teen curfew to extend year-round.
Since the Mayor's Night Hoops program, designed to give teens a safe place to go during the summer months, ended, the large groups of teenagers have picked back up on the Plaza.
After the teens left the Cinemark movie theatre on Saturday, they convened on the other side of the entertainment district at the JC Nichols fountain.
Police heard someone in the crowd say someone else had a gun so they shot pepper spray into the air to safely break up the crowd.
Many Plaza businesses said they worried the repeated group gatherings would hurt business so they would like to see the city council reconsider making the summer teen curfew a year round ordinance.
The Mayor said it’s a proposal he would consider but is not yet sold on 100 percent.
Mayor James said he has one particular concern.
"I am not in favor of curfews designed to keep people out of a place because of their race, I am however in favor of actions that will stop idiots doing stupid stuff, regardless of where they are and that includes the Plaza," he said.
Mayor James said the community needs to step up and offer teens a safe place to go.
He said the movie theatre and bowling alleys on the east side have left long ago.
Highwoods Properties, the landlord for the Plaza, said its sales are up this year.
The Plaza says its sales are up this year. Many shop owners we talked to say they want to keep it that way so they'd like to see the teen curfew expanded to year round.
The extended curfew is a proposal the mayor is willing to listen to but not yet sold on.
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