Grandmother worried about gangs in neighborhood, school

Fay Mitchell loves angels. She has a china cabinet full of them. On top sits an angel that lights up and flaps its wings when you flip a switch. She says they bring peace. She thinks that a lot of people in her neighborhood could use a guardian angel right about now.

"At this particular time, we all could use some, okay? But more so now. It's a little touchy."

She says yesterday her grandson fought back against some bullies at Yates High School. They all got suspended. She says the trouble had been brewing since last year. He doesn't think his attackers are gang members, and she doesn’t think he is either, but she doesn’t know for sure.

Either way, activist Gerry Monroe says Yates has become a hotbed of gang activity thanks to the way the school is zoned.

"You still have the bulk of the kids going to school in a rival neighborhood and it just doesn't work," he said while standing outside of the school.

He says you have Yellow Stone Boys and 103 Brick Boys under the same roof at Yates. Mitchell says she's seen escalating violence in the neighborhood thanks to the ongoing war between those gangs. 

"For the last three months there's been a rage, and it's sad. My heart is saddened and I know I'm not the only one," says Mitchell.

Here's why her grandson's attack is so terrifying for her. She knows De'Lindsey Mack, the former Yates student murdered outside of Lamar High School.  Her grandson knew him and De'Lindsey's  father fixes her family's cars. He transferred to get away from the violence at Yates and it may have followed him there. She wonders where else it might lead.

"We are sitting in a bowl of war. I mean it's warfare. I never imagined it would get this far out of hand," Mitchell says.