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Tallahassee Community Finds Solutions to Combat Teen Violence

By: Amy Long
By: Amy Long

"We want some one to hear us and just know how we feel."
Young people Teens admitted their fear of violence in the community by calling a meeting on the heels of a teen-on-teen shooting that took the life of 15-year-old Reshard Morrell.

Those who know the problem first hand weren't interested in rehashing the troubling statistics, only finding a solution.

One teen said, "Everyone says this generation is nothing but bad kids, and I feel as a community, it takes a whole village to raise a child. A community we should give more encouragement and let them know they are good people."
Another adolescent added, "We should have more summer jobs for teens to keep them off the streets."

Organizations like CrimeStoppers asked to be included in the cause. However, youth counselors say when teens know their peers are wrestling with violent emotions or terrorizing others the last thing they want to be is a snitch.

"They know these things ahead of time, a lot of kids do. But the fear is saying something about it and the repercussion." says one counselor.
"There is a grave need for us to not just hear them when we want to listen, but to hear them every time they speak." said a concerned parent.

Counselors say the brutality isn't a new problem and unfortunately meetings like these are only held after the fact.

The CDC says youth violence in the United States is the second leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 10 and 24.


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