A Memphis child has sparked disconcert after amassing thousands of followers on twitter in which the pre teen youth is seen boldly celebrating ‘gang life.’
The teen from Memphis, Tennessee is seen posing with guns, cash and bags of what appears to be marijuana.
How the items were necessarily accrued is not necessarily understood.
In one video the youth laughs and points a gun at the camera, the sound of adults laughing in the background audible.
In one post the pre teen blows smoke with the accompanying caption: ‘High Life.’
Other posts also include the following incriminating captions: ‘I need a bad b****’, ‘f*** da police’, and ‘gang sh** n****’.
Some feature sexual references, such as: ‘quit suckin my d***’.
A Memphis television news station interviewing the youth’s cousin identified the Memphis child as 13-year-old Jonathan.
The child’s tweets have prompted backlash from other Twitter users and members of the community.
One woman tweeted the youth: ‘you need help i feel so bad for you your parents should be ashamed please get help and a education this is sad and disappointing.’
Another Twitter user said: ‘You poor baby. Just stop it & go to school.’
Orrden Williams, a Memphis resident who has been the victim of gang violence, told AOL.com: ‘What he’s doing on here is something that he’s going to bring upon society one day. It’s just inevitable.’
He added: ‘All it takes is the right influence, and all this can change. So that’s a wake-up Memphis call right there.’
Responding to critics, the boy tweeted: ‘Wish some people would mind dey own business’ as ‘it’s stressing my mama out’.
The youth would tell that his sister (Desunda Brown) has ‘been locked up for two years‘ and his critics ‘don’t know the half of what we been through end of 2014 & beg of 2015.’
The sister’s rap sheet includes includes charges relating to Especially Aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Robbery and firearm charges.
Asked why he uploads images with guns, the youth referenced a young bad boy rapper from Chicago.
‘chief keef got famous from that right???’ he wrote on social media.
Offered Stevie Moore with Freedom From Unnecessary Negatives, a group counseling troubled youth: ‘This is nothing strange to me.’
Adding: ‘This child didn’t learn this by himself. He had a role model,’
‘See, a role model is a role model whether it’s good or bad.’
Moore also faulted a lack of family basics and structure.
Reiterated Moore: ‘They do not have a basic structure. They do not have a positive relationship,’
‘So we can point the fingers, all we’re going to say is ‘It starts at home, we got to get the parents.’ The parents we’re talking about getting don’t care because if they did care than this wouldn’t be happening.’
Adding: ‘Everybody’s focused on that child,’
‘And the child has nothing to do with none of this. The child is not to blame and we’re blaming the child.’
The nydailynews reports the twitter account the boy used to correspond with a FOX reporter has since been deleted. His Instagram page remains active (with 12 600 followers) but with restricted access.