by Kevin Alfred Strom
IT’S ALL so mysterious. Last week a “group of teenagers” were milling around a Philadelphia-area movie theatre and, for no reason at all, formed into groups of 20 or 30 and began attacking random strangers and beating them within an inch of their lives, stomping on them, covering their bodies with bloody bruises, and leaving them in the streets for dead. (None died, but matters might have been different if the workers in a local pizza restaurant hadn’t intervened and called the police.) The motive wasn’t robbery, for next to nothing was taken. The motive wasn’t personal, since the attackers didn’t know any of the victims. The motive wasn’t gang warfare, since the victims weren’t members of any gangs — in fact, most of them were students at nearby Temple University.