Hi everyone, I'm gonna explain my situation and let me know what you think I should do. I'm a single mom (of course) and we live in an apartment building with 12 apartments and I'm on the ground floor. I've lived in the building for years, first with my mom and then I moved out of her apartment a few months after I had my son because we needed the space and the rent is pretty cheap here. Because its so cheap to live here, we get some of the trashiest people renting here and about half of the people in the building seem to think they're the only ones in the building and can be as loud and rude as they want. If people were just being loud, I wouldn't mind and it would roll off my back. The landlord has a hard time keeping the place rented because even though its cheap and its a small town, there are tons of apartment buildings here so he rents to whoever he can find. The latest round of tenents are AWFUL. One of them is another single mother with two boys, whose husband passed away before they moved in, so I feel bad for her but I CAN'T STAND her sons. She works nights and both boys are around teenage years. They live on the third floor and I live in on the ground floor, but they are constantly hanging out in back in front of my windows, which also wouldn't bother me besides the shit they've been doing. The used to be out there with a pellet gun all the time and a lot of times I'd hear them shoot at my air conditioner. Then they killed a rabbit and skinned it just outside my window. They covered their tracks with that one pretty good because all that was left was one of the rabbits feet that I showed to my mom to prove it happened. About a week ago one of the boys had a couple of cans of spray paint and whatever he was trying to paint he set between my living room window and my bedroom window and he was up and down over a dozen times between 6 and 11 giving it another coat of paint. Then lately second their mom leaves for work, which is 10 at night, both of them and usually some of their friends are out back smoking and I usually don't get my windows closed before the smell is in the apartment and I DO NOT want my son around smoke. Tonight it was the same deal, at least 3 teenaged boys outside smoking and being loud. I closed my living room window so I wouldn't have to smell it or listen to them, but while I was getting ready for bed I heard them joking around about taking a dump in a bucket that is always out there. They are getting worse and worse and I'm not comfortable confronting these boys by myself and its starting to REALLY stress me out to the point I had a really bad anxiety attack last night because I don't know what to do. I don't want to start anything with these boys because its just me and my son in my apartment and I don't know how these boys would react. Their mom isn't here at night to make sure they behave. The landlord is worthless and would discourage me from doing anything (like he did when my mom called the cops because one of the neighbors was abusing her daughter to the point where we could hear her beating her and she called him to tell him what happened and he told her she shouldn't call the cops again because he "didn't want the building to get a bad reputation.") I don't know if the cops can do anything about it. I wish I weren't so nervous about retaliation. If anyone has any advice for me, I'd really appreciate it!