Warren Mayor Doug Franklin has issued a warning to those who he says are using social media to “instigate and promote violence in the city”.

In a two-and-a-half-minute video posted on Warren’s YouTube page, Franklin says authorities know who these people are and promises legal action to prosecute those who are responsible.

Saying that the safety of Warren’s youth is at stake, Franklin called on parents to monitor their children’s activities on social media.

“I personally have seen enough tee shirts with teenagers who have left this world too early and unnecessarily. I have attended too many of these children's funerals. This is truly heartbreaking,” said Franklin.

Saying that violence is not out of the city’s control like a natural disaster, Franklin says it is controllable and avoidable.

Franklin promised that in the upcoming months, the city will be announcing a few initiatives aimed at helping the city’s youth.

The mayor did not elaborate on those initiatives.

Since the year began, a Warren teenager has been charged as an adult in the February 5 shooting death of 29-year-old Adam Spaid.

This past weekend a fight broke out among a group of juveniles at a birthday party on the city’s west side.