Mother outraged after protestors recruit underaged sons

Mother outraged after protestors recruit underaged sons without her knowledge

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Asha Clay says she worries waiting for her boys to get home Asha Clay says she worries waiting for her boys to get home
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Asha Clay says her 14- and 15-year-old sons have been spending time with a group called BAMN, which stands for By Any Means Necessary.

"All I know is that [BAMN is] a group that protests and they recruit these children around here," Clay tells Fox 2's Alexis Wiley.

The group describe itself as a student and youth based organization dedicated to democracy and equality. Clay says her boys faces are in this picture, that appears to have been taken at a protest, posted on a flier promoting another protest for a student who BAMN says was attacked by police. Clay said she was not aware of what was going on until just a few weeks ago.

"I had gone to the grocery store, I got back home and he was gone, and I was told by my younger son that he was picked up by an older white male around 8 o'clock in the evening but he didn't leave his name or anything," she explains.

She says she's called police but it's only getting worse.

"It was a little after 12 a.m., and when I went to speak with her she pulled off on me."

Fox 2 contacted BAMN. A representative tells us that, while they may recruit young people, they require parental permission before they are allowed to get involved. But Detroit Federation of Teachers President Keith Johnson says that isn't always the case.

Wiley asks Johnson, "You've had multiple parents come to you, what have they said to you over the years?" He responds: "Over the years people are saying, 'How are they accessing my child?' And, quite frankly, many of these students are looking for guidance. Some of them feel as though they're outcasts within their own student bodies, so they're looking for something to hold on to."

VIDEO: Click on the video player above to hear more from Clay and Johnson in Wiley's report

Wiley reports the oldest son may have even gone to a protest in Washington, D.C. without consent from the mother.

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