Scuffle puts youth-police rift in spotlight

November 15, 1996



Staff Writer, Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The scuffle between police and teens at the Extremes Nite Club Monday night has highlighted the animosity some teens feel for the police.

"There is a gap between the police and these kids the size of the Grand Canyon," said Extremes owner Mark Hoffman.

Some of Hoffman's customers hanging out at the club Tuesday said they don't like the police because they are always picking on them.


"The cops think that they're all that just because they have a badge," said one 14-year-old girl.

"They harass you because they ain't got nothing to do," added a 17-year-old boy.

Several hoped that the incident wouldn't hurt the night club. "If it wasn't here, where would we go?" said Donald Jones, 18.

Many skaters said their problems with the police stem from not being able to skate in town without the police accosting them.

Waynesboro Police Chief Glenn Phenicie said his agency would love for the kids to have a place to skate but most places are off limits. Phenicie also said the kids were mistaken if they thought police enjoyed hassling them. He said that, if teens followed the law, they won't have any problems.

Skating was banned at area schools because of liability problems, and was banned at CVS after skaters refused to stop skating near the store entrance. The borough also has banned skateboarding on much of Main Street's sidewalks.

Borough Council Member Vicki Huff said at the meeting Thursday that kids have told her of their dislike for the police. Huff and the council may designate a place for kids to skate.

Sherry Cline, the president of the Waynesboro Jaycees, said a meeting about skating will be held Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the basement of the Presbyterian Church across from Sheetz.

The purpose of the meeting is to see if the Greencastle program can be brought to Waynesboro. For information, call Cline 1-717-765-0379.

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