NJ police eye absent parents after young mobs upend family-friendly vacation hot spots

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A growing number of New Jersey mayors of beach towns are hoping the state will back away from a recent push to lessen penalties for youthful offenders as they take aim at bad parenting amid an influx of teen mobs wreaking havoc on vacation communities.

A false alarm about an active shooter in Seaside Heights sent throngs of kids running in a panic off the boardwalk Saturday night. In Ocean City, a famously dry town that bills itself “America’s greatest family resort,” video shows a group of young men and boys punching and kicking a teen pinned down on the boardwalk. A 15-year-old was also stabbed. Wildwood leaders quelled “civil unrest” by declaring a state of emergency and closing the boardwalk.

All three beach towns are summer vacation hot spots for families, graduating high schoolers planning after-prom parties and other seasonal visitors. But a huge influx of unsupervised young …

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