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another school shooting happened today and i’m just too upset to write a full blog.  it seems the policy makers don’t care one bit about youth.  how many more precious children need to die?  it’s a disgrace.   i’ve said it before, we have to care about our youth and partner with them to find solutions to these tragedies.   For more of my thoughts on this click on my blog post below from January 2013.

Previous Blog Post: If the concern is youth violence, why not ask them

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it’s hard for me to even write this post.  i have been speechless since i heard about the murder of 15 year old Hadiya Pendleton.   she was killed in a senseless shooting just ONE week after performing at the President’s inauguration.

Hadiya was an honor student, a marching-band majorette which led to the honor of her being selected to perform at the inauguration. she was destined to do great things.  

why was she murdered? a horrible twist of fate.  her friends were coming home from the park when it started to rain. they ducked for cover under a canopy to stay dry when a unknown gunman came running through the park shooting and took off!

just like that a precious life was lost.  

i am in tears just thinking about it…

our country has seen too much of these senseless crimes. it is time for us to act with our hearts.  how much more do we think out communities can take?  it is not fair to our children that we as adults can’t get our acts together enough to protect and save them.  it is time for us to heal.

i say a prayer for Hadiya’s family and friends. i can almost feel her spirit; so innocent and bright.   she did not deserve to be taken from us.

below is a video that features Hadiya when she was in the sixth grade. it was an anti-gang video to stop the violence in our communities.  little did she know that her life would symbolize so more more in our efforts to prevent violence.

may she rest in peace.

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all this talk about gun control has got me heated.   i’ve said before in my previous post guns don’t cause acts of violence, people do’ that i am not a fan of the nra and i am not supporting their stance.  however, the laser like focus on guns is misguided.  the president is set to lay out his plan for gun control and ny state has already passed a new ‘tougher’ law about guns.  all this was done without sitting down and speaking with the group most likely to be impacted by these laws; the youth. here are some facts.

according to the centers for disease control in the US:

• In 2010, an average of 13 youth ages 10 to 24 were victims of homicide each day

• Homicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24 years old; it is the leading cause of death for African American youth

• 83% of homicide victims ages 10 to 24 years old were killed with a firearm

In a 2011 study of youth in grades 9-12

33%  reported carrying a weapon (gun, knife or club)  in the past month

6% did not go to school in the past month because they felt unsafe at school or on their way to or from school

• 7% reported being threatened or injured with a weapon on school property in the past year

these numbers are soo alarming and so far i don’t see anything in the laws that directly speaks to young people…

still no one is talking to the youth…

most of the youth i have worked with understand that violence is a person to person thing.   you gotta focus on the person and helping them become non-violent (as the great MLK would be sure to say).  

if we would actually ask youth, i’m sure they would have solutions wise beyond their years.  

i’m pretty sure they would ask for programs to get those involved in gangs and guns off the streets.  they would want more support for their parents so they could have time to be with them, instead of ignoring their concerns which leads to anger and them violently lashing out.  they would want schools to have the funding they need so that could be a place they can feel safe from bullying.

i’m calling all youth to speak out!!!

what do you want law makers and our country to do about violence?


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