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Young stabbing victim's mother speaks out

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Many parents are concerned that going to the movies is an increasingly dangerous activity. In recent weeks, Hollywood Connection has been connected to several acts of juvenile violence, including a Saturday night stabbing.

News Leader Nine talks exclusively to the teen victim's mother.

Yashica Anderson tells us she frequently takes her sons to Hollywood Connection so they can watch movies and skate without getting in trouble or being hurt, but she says this weekend was a different story, "Him and some other friends were walking from McDonald's to Hollywood Connection and some boys came up and started trouble and they got in a fight."

Her 16 year old son was stabbed in the left side of his chest.  Anderson has been by his side at the Medical Center, "He's doing a little better. He still has a chest tube and they aren't sure how long before it comes out."

She doesn't blame Hollywood Connection for the incident, but says security measures could be changed to help prevent something like this from happening again, "They won't be going back to Hollywood Connection. From my understanding security is doing their job but they can't catch everything all the time. There are a lot of kids out there."

Anderson says her son was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but it could happen to anyone, "This is terrible. We have to ask the Lord for strength and I thank everyone for their prayers. And I pray for the other boy and his family because they're going through something too."

The suspect in the case -- who is also a juvenile -- was taken into custody Saturday night at Hollywood Connection and it being held in the youth detention facility. He had his bond hearing Monday afternoon in juvenile court.

We called several times and even stopped by Hollywood Connection trying to get a statement from theater officials, but they told us they don't wish to comment on any cases.

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