This is the same family whose toddler wandered over to my house just after moving in a year ago and asked if she could come in. (Mommy was busy shooting firecrackers with her older boys and their new neighborhood buddies who are, of course, enamoured with Best-Friends-Forever Mom.)
Mom *definitely* knew the children were behind her (at least according to the eye witness!) because my husband said she slowly pulled over, waved to let him pass and then she edged back out again. She was training them. At least one of these children was not hers. They were all boys, and she has two boys and a girl.
This was only one of the incidents involving her children and their recruits last night. They were shooting firecrackers (it's legal here but not for the under-14 set unsupervised), using foul language (including screaming the N word at one another), they swarmed the pizza woman when she opened her car door, they doorbell ditched our house three times (I was sitting at the window beside the door and busted them all three times -- which is how I witnessed all of this stuff.) We had our sprinkler system overhauled this summer and we've had four sprinkler heads broken since Christmas vacation started and two shrubs damaged (obviously the victims of darting away after ditching the doorbell -- which has become a nightly occurence.)
I recognize that none of this is the end of the world, but we've never had a single problem in our once-beautiful neighborhood until this family moved in. Their dog immediately formed a gang, and then their kids did the same thing. The parents don't have the onboard tools to keep this from escalating. My husband and I had a serious conversation this morning about finishing our remodeling projects ASAP and moving. Our houses are not very close together, but technically these people would be our next-door neighbors, and the gang of dogs and kids includes the people who would techically be our other next-door neighbors, so there is constant going back-and-forth across our property. In fact, they often stop to play on our yard. So much so that one of my neighbors was out walking one day and told me "You have a lot of boys and a lot of dogs." And I said "I have one boy and no dogs. And my boy is upstairs doing is homework. These aren't mine!"
I'm calling the Sheriff....