Gladstone News

Concerns Rise as Unsupervised Kids on Mini Bikes Roam Streets Without Helmets

Residents in the Gladstone area, particularly along N Troost Ave between 79th and Clardy School, have expressed growing concerns about a group of children riding small mini bikes without helmets and without adult supervision. Despite attempts to address the issue, frustrations have mounted as the situation persists.

Rosa Barlow, a concerned resident, took to social media to highlight the problem, stating that she fears for the safety of the children. Barlow reported the issue to the Gladstone police, only to be redirected to the Kansas City, Missouri (KCMO) police by Gladstone authorities. Unfortunately, her attempts to contact KCMO police were unsuccessful, leaving her uncertain about how to address the escalating issue.

The children, reportedly on school vacation, have been spotted riding their mini bikes in various parts of Gladstone, including Wabash and 74th, according to comments from other residents on social media. The lack of helmets and adult supervision has sparked a debate among the community, with opinions divided on the severity of the situation.

Thomas Lehman, one resident, suggested that the children should bear the consequences of their decisions and downplayed the need for intervention. In response, Elizabeth Small questioned whether children are mature enough to make decisions that could potentially have life-altering consequences.

Sebastian Allen took a more lighthearted approach, attributing the activity to the day after Christmas and the kids being on vacation. However, Rosa Barlow emphasized her post was driven by a genuine concern for the safety of the children and the risk of accidents, particularly being hit by a car.

Other residents, such as Larry Romanelli, suggested addressing the issue by talking to the parents rather than involving law enforcement. On the other hand, Rick Miller's advice was to close the drapes and turn up the TV, signaling a more apathetic stance towards the situation.

As the discussion unfolds online, it remains to be seen how the community will come together to address the issue and ensure the safety of the children involved. The lack of a clear resolution and the difficulty in reaching authorities highlight the challenges faced by concerned citizens in addressing such matters.