Guess what happened on Jane Street

Take this short quiz to determine whether you know Weston news and events.

1) It’s 3 in the afternoon on May 14th at Jane and Marshlynn, just north of Lawrence. A group of five young men approach a pair of teens. They,

  • a) Ask for directions
  • b) Ask if they can help carry their bags home from school
  • c) Ask where the community centre is
  • d) Ask for their wallets and cell phones. NOW!

The correct answer is d.

2) This is the              time that this kind of after-school mugging has happened this year:

  • a) This has happened before? I’m horrified. I am appalled. I am full of sorrow.
  • b) First
  • c) Second
  • d) Ninth

Trick question! The correct answers are a and d!

Author: Adam Norman

I am raising my two children in Weston.

5 thoughts on “Guess what happened on Jane Street”

  1. Nicely worded Adam. At this point, it’s practically a joke that the exact same crime continues. Sadly, small crimes often grow into larger ones and criminal activity flourishes if it’s not stomped out quickly in the early stages. A few wallets and phones could very well become a few stabbings or shootings. As an acquaintance once told me, Weston is a beautiful pocket, but it’s the middle of a “ghetto sandwich.”

  2. Adam, I don’t know why you persist in distorting everyone’s view of Weston and try so hard to make it seem like a Detroit ghetto.

    If one looks at the Toronto Police service site it is easy to see that:
    1/ Toronto is an incredibly safe city, given the population size and diversify
    2/ Weston is no more crime ridden than the city as a whole

    My question is what is gained by heightening hysteria and turning a story of a teen confrontation into an example of the dissolution of society. So a group of five young men (who might also be teens) approach two teens and ask for their wallets and cell phones. Were guns involved? Were knives shown? What might have happened if the two teens had just started to run or refused to hand over their goods, or if they dialed 911 with their cell phones? We’ll never know because the two teens confronted have been terrified into believing that every confrontation in Weston will end in a shooting. Maybe this was a scary situation for the two confronted but it’s not something that hasn’t happened in many other areas of the city.

    I’ve lived in the Weston area for 18 years. I’m a short white lady, certainly not a figure to scare potential muggers and thieves. I regularly walk the Humber Ravine trail and pass by several subsidized housing complexes, I’ve never felt threatened, afraid or potentially in danger. I worked for 20 years in a high school whose students were mainly recent visible minority immigrants; again I never experienced any potentially threatening situations.

    So let’s all take a deep breath and be thankful that we live in a vibrant, diverse and safe city. Let’s not view others as scary because they are different and maybe we should be more involved in highlighting the good parts of our neighbourhood rather than the negative.
    As to Worried’s comments, by what Ghetto is Weston sandwiched?

    1. I report it because it happened, and because I think it shouldn’t. Have a look around. I think if you search for “statistics” that you will find I agree entirely with you about the safety of Weston.

      And the kids were beaten and robbed of $500 phones by men in their 20s That is not bullying.

      1. To wit: “An 18 year old male and a 17 year old male, report that on May 14, 2012 at approximately 1450 hours, they were in the area of Jane Street and Marshlynn Avenue when five male suspects approached them from behind. The suspects punched and kicked the victims about the head and knocked them to the ground. The suspects removed the victims’ wallets and a cellular telephone. The suspects then fled the scene in an unknown direction. The victims sustained minor injuries and were transported by Toronto EMS to a hospital. Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence. Description of Suspect #1: Male, black, 20 to 25 years, 5’6” to 5’8”, thin build. Suspect #2: Male, black, 20 to 25 years, 5’10” to 6’0”, medium build. Suspects #3 to #5: Male, black, 20 to 25 years, 5’8” to 5’10”, thin build.”

  3. Not only is this not bullying, it is terrifying behaviour and creates a seriously unsafe environment for children to COME HOME FROM SCHOOL. This is a daily event, part of being part of a neighbourhood, and walking the ravine — while it is something I no longer do without wondering about safety — is different because the timing is usually random, and short older women ( like myself) do not usually carry $500 phones). But all these attacks have taken place immediately after school hours, against small groups of schoolchildren who are quite likely to have phones (supplied by their parents for their safety).

    Crimes occurring in a pattern, crimes against children, crimes that intimdate abd cause injury — not one of these events should go unreported, as, without WestonWeb, they would be.

    Thank you for informing us; may our police, councillor, and neighbourhood be able to act soon, NOW.

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