Houston police chief: 'You should not turn your house over to teens to have a party'

Both parties were mostly attended by teens and were promoted on social media sites like Twitter and Instagram
November 15, 2013 10:00:00 PM PST
While police are not connecting Friday night's deadly shooting at a southwest Houston house party to last week's house party shooting in Cypress, residents say they notice similarities.

Officials say 17-year-old Braveon Terry was killed during a shooting at a party in southwest Houston. HISD confirms that Terry was a student at Yates High School.

He is the third local high school student to be killed in the past week while attending a house party. Seventeen-year-olds Arielle Shepherd and Queric Richardson were shot and killed during a birthday party last Saturday night.

Both parties were mostly attended by teens and were promoted on social media sites like Twitter and Instagram.

We talked to Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland about social media, and he says parents should never let their kids go online to promote a house party.

"Even if your children are sending this information to their personal friends, their personal friends are forwarding it to others and this is how this thing grows," McClelland said.

McClelland spoke to local teenagers Saturday at the police department headquarters on Travis. He talked about a variety of issues facing teenagers, including violence in communities. But he also took the time give parents advice.

"You should not turn your house over to teens to have a party," HPD Chief Charles McClelland said. "Parents should always be cautious of some things in your home because in some instances, as a parent or guardian or owner of the home, you can be criminally responsible for some of the things that goes on at your house."

The police chief also reminded parents to be aware of their child's activities on social media, and he urged neighbors to report any illegal activity they see in their community.

Police told Eyewitness News they are having trouble getting information from the young witnesses about Friday's shooting, which remains under investigation. Anyone with information can call HPD or Crime Stoppers.

HISD says counselors will be at Yates High School on Monday for students and staff in the wake of this weekend's shooting.

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