Spokane teen shelter fights back against hoodlum claims

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by KREM.com and Honora Swanson

KREM.com

Posted on June 28, 2012 at 6:59 AM

SPOKANE--  Some are pointing the finger at a local Spokane shelter for a group of aggressive and unruly teenagers roaming the downtown corridor.
 
Several witnesses said the teenagers who live at Cross Walk, a homeless shelter, fight and threaten passerbys.  Business owners said the teenagers’ behavior is driving away business.

Organizers said the teenagers at Cross Walk have troubled backgrounds, some even have criminal records.  But Youth Services Director Bridget Cannon said the children they care for are not responsible for the trouble.  She said the children under their supervision are working to better themselves and be part of the community.

Cross Walk offers roughly 20 teenagers a place to stay, GED schooling, drug and alcohol classes, and job placement services.

Organizers said the teenagers are under strict rules like a 10 p.m. curfew.
 
KREM 2 News talked to a group of self-proclaimed “street kids” who do not live at Cross Walk.  They said businesses and bars are blaming them too.  They denied claims they attack and fight people downtown.
 

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