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Shootings should serve as wake-up call

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The shooting of four boys who were playing basketball near a local church last Monday should not serve as just another reminder of how violence can ravage a community.

It should be a wake-up call.

For all of us.

The trauma those boys have experienced is something no one should have to go through, let alone someone so young. But unfortunately, shootings and other acts of violence are becoming more common in today’s society.

Police still are investigating the death of 15-year-old Brian Freeman, who was shot and killed while coming home from a friend’s house last month. It’s devastating to think of his life being cut so short from such a horrific event.

We all need to band together and work to combat acts of violence in our community. It might seem like a daunting task, but it’s not impossible. Together, we can start changing the culture of violence and stop it from becoming even more pervasive.

Since the shooting last week, local pastors, parents, elected officials and others in the community have spoken out about the need to work together to find proactive ways to curb violence. We need to make sure we match those cries with action.

The young ages of the victims shows that we must start early. We need to teach children from a young age about the importance of compassion and kindness, and we need to reinforce that message in our homes, schools, churches and communities. Although sometimes it is easy to be overcome by despair and anger in the wake of a tragic event, we need to teach our children that there is a better way to respond. We need to make sure our children have opportunities to escape the clutches of gang activity.

We also need to assist police in any way we can. Law enforcement agencies work to protect our community, but they cannot do everything alone. Anyone who witnesses a crime or knows information about a crime should talk to the police. We owe that to our own loved ones and to everyone else around us.

Violence affects us all, and it has far-reaching ripples. None of us are immune to it. Therefore, all of us need to be part of the solution.

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Now what?

You say, "Since the shooting last week, local pastors, parents, elected officials and others in the community have spoken out about the need to work together to find proactive ways to curb violence. We need to make sure we match those cries with action." I understand that some of the meetings were private and then later others were invited. So what is the real deal? It took the shooting after the 15 year old teen got killed so why didn't they come together during that time or before and call a meeting. It was a group of folks (grassroots) who held a march but theses folks named didn't do a thing. But now! Oh since the cameras are rolling. I have heard that some folks especially white folks wanted to know why they didn't see certain folks at a meeting and I have been told they were not invited. But these folks continue to criticize some folks especially one person but do not even know what is going on because they get part of the story from certain media and Facebook pages.

How many "wake up" calls does

How many "wake up" calls does this city need?

Ditto

Good piece. Nice to know the Telegram is aware and caring about the community.

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