We’ve fielded our share of bogus email forwards decrying the declining state of NorthPark Center, most notably a string of them in February referring to “gangs.” While we couldn’t corroborate those rumors, the latest viral email appears to be somewhat legitimate.
The email alleges that a gang beat up a Dallas Academy student near NorthPark last week, and that the manager of Macy’s refused to provide help when the bloodied teen’s friends brought him to the store to clean him up.
Here’s what we know:
- There was an assault on Jan. 2. According to Dallas police, “20 to 40” people beat up a 17-year-old boy and two others in a parking lot in the 9100 block of North Central Expressway.
- The 17-year-old boy is a student at Dallas Academy, a school spokeswoman confirmed, and “a great kid.”
- NorthPark issued a statement through Androvett Media acknowledging the incident, but defending the actions of Macy’s employees. “Macy’s staff responded professionally and compassionately in assisting this young man by calling 911 and contacting the Dallas Police Department.”
We’ve tried to reach out to the 17-year-old’s parents. Look for more details in this week’s paper.