Tulsa Night Out brings neighbors together

Over a dozen Tulsa neighborhoods had get-togethers as part of Tulsa Night Out. (Mummolo/KTUL) 

Normally, a story about Tulsa Night Out would feature several interviews, given the very nature of the event.

"The whole point is to get to know your neighbors," said Jennifer Rush, Executive Director of Tulsa Crime Stoppers.

Right, but, when we met Mrs. Karen McCartney…

"I've been robbed in my classroom at school," she said.

We knew immediately, that we'd only have room for one person in this story about fighting crime, a teacher who taught for for 38 years and one day witnessed a student steal her purse.

"He knew I knew him. So I went to the office and reported it. He never came back to school again. He quit school. And I had $25 dollars and a few cents, and the judge put a bench warrant out of him because they couldn't find him and seven or eight years later he got arrested for something or other and the judge just chewed him out and made him pay me back my money. And he came to school with a policeman to pay me," she said.

And that, in a nutshell, sums up one of the reasons Tulsa's crime rate is what it is, she says, lack of an education.

"I think that's part of the problem, they didn't get an education, they can't get a good job that they're happy with, so they just go do crime," she said.

We now return you to a regularly scheduled story about neighbors meeting neighbors, including Mrs. McCartney.

"Cause a lot of them, I've never seen before," she laughed.

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