Guns, weed, gang signs: It’s the theme throughout a 13-year-old’s 108 Instagram posts.
“This is nothing strange to me,” said Stevie Moore with Freedom From Unnecessary Negatives, a group counseling troubled youth.
Family members identify the Instagram account belonging to Jonathan; they would not tell FOX13 his last name but did say the teen has faced struggles that led him there like his brother being killed.
“This child didn’t learn this by himself. He had a role model,” said Moore, “See, a role model is a role model whether it’s good or bad.”
FOX13 dug through police records and discovered Jonathan has a sister with a record, Desunda Brown; he’s posted about her. Brown’s rap sheet includes Especially Aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Robbery and firearm charges among others.
“They do not have a basic structure. They do not have a positive relationship,” said Moore, “So we can point the fingers, all we’re going to say is ‘It starts at home, we got to get the parents.’ The parents we’re talking about getting don’t care because if they did care than this wouldn’t be happening.”
Jonathan began tweeting directly to FOX13’s Sarah Bleau, starting with “DONT YOU GOT SOMETHING BETTER TO DO MAM.” He did not want to call to talk on the phone but did tweet to Sarah that “people gonna hate” and the reason he posts the pictures is because “chief keef (a Chicago rapper) got famous from that right???”
He added in a Tweet, “YALL WORRIED ABOUT JUST ME WHEN THERE ARE MANY MORE KIDS LIKE ME.”
“Everybody’s focused on that child,” said Moore, “And the child has nothing to do with none of this. The child is not to blame and we’re blaming the child.”
Moore said these kinds of troubled children need an intervention before they turn into criminals; he suggested to FOX13 the kids be removed from the negative environment and placed in a positive, loving one.
He added kids like Jonathan get the guns and drugs from someone older, which encourages the behavior.