Sport Zone hosts lock-in for Indy youth

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Three weeks after a massive fight at Castleton Square Mall, a lock-in was held Sunday night for the city’s youth.

It was held at Sport Zone on the city’s northwest side, which was held in conjunction with the Light of The world Christian Church, IMPD and the Indiana Black Expo.

The doors opened at 8 p.m. and they’re expecting nearly a thousand young people to show up.

A similar lock-in was held in August and the church had to turn about 500 kids away.

“We feel if you have that many kids that need something to do and you have the ability to give them a positive outlet then how can you close the door, and not let them in?” “And as long as we have an outcry we have a responsibility to provide this,” said Youth Director Anderson White.

In order for the kids to enter, they had to go through security and show their school ID. While at the lock-in they will be able to play basketball, football,  dance, watch movies, listen to a sermon, go to a seminar or just hang out if they want. IMPD is on patrol here, so is the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. There are also 200 volunteers.

“We feel as a church and as a city and other youth organizations we need to come together to provide consistent positive activities, otherwise you’re going to have kids hanging out at the mall or hanging out in the streets just trying to find something to do,” White said.

In order for the kids to be allowed in they had to register. Once the kids are in, they’ll literally be locked in and won’t be allowed to leave until about 7 Monday morning.

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