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SeeWorth Academy Principal Mongo Allen produces documentary on gang threat in Oklahoma
After arriving at SeeWorth Academy 12 years ago, Principal Mongo Allen began compiling a list of students he knew who were dead or in prison as the result of gang involvement or violent activity.
That list now has surpassed 300 names, including Antwun “Speedy” Parker, who was killed in 2009 during a pharmacy robbery.
A few years ago, Allen decided he wanted to do something to slow the growth of “the list.” His mission includes educating students and the public about the gang problem in Oklahoma.
Last year, with the aid of private funding, he produced a 45-minute documentary, “The List,” which will premiere at 9 p.m. Sunday on KSBI-52. It will be followed by a 45-minute panel discussion; panelists include Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater.
“I have watched so many of these kids who are in gangs die or end up in jail that I started saying to myself, ‘We need to reach the kids on a bigger level than what I get to reach right at this school,'
Spoke with teen day of robbery
Allen, 42, said he talked with Parker, a SeeWorth student, the morning of the botched robbery that ended with Parker being shot by pharmacist Jerome Ersland. He said he didn't think Parker was a gang member, but he made a poor choice.
A few years back, Allen said another student was stabbed to death on a front porch. He said that served as a wake-up call that he needed to take a proactive approach.
He said the same young man, whom he declined to identify, had threatened him and told him that he planned to beat him up and “drag you across the school for all the students to see.”
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At a glance
• What: 45-minute film on the gang threat in Oklahoma City that was produced by SeeWorth Academy principal Mongo Allen.
• When: 9 p.m. Sunday on KSBI-52 (Cox channels 7 and 707). It will be replayed at 8 p.m. Wednesday on KSBI.
• Panel discussion: The film will be followed by a panel discussion with Allen; David Prater, Oklahoma City district attorney; Vince Orza, president and CEO of KSBI; Lt. Paco Balderrama and Deputy Chief Johnny Kuhlman, Oklahoma City Police Department; Lori Dickinson, executive director of The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools; and Cynthia Gahl, program director of Youth Services for Oklahoma County Inc.