IPS community conversation focuses on youth violence

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 7, 2016) – The leaders of Indianapolis Public Schools are hoping to put an end to youth violence. The school district is hosting a community conversation Thursday to get suggestions on how to curb crime involving students.

So far this year, seven people 19 or younger have been murdered. IPS Superintendent Dr. Lewis Ferebee detailed the district’s plan for youth violence in a post. He also shared personal experience dealing with the impact of crimes involving teens.

“Nearly each weekend, I receive a phone call about a student, former student, nearby student – or a young person who should be enrolled in school – who was involved in a senseless act of violence,” Ferebee wrote.

Thursday night, a community conversation on the topic will bring together school officials, IMPD officers and faith leaders for a special panel. Break-out session will follow to allow those in attendance to share their ideas.

The long-term goal is to create a task-force designed to tackle youth violence.

“We must all own the violence that is impacting our youth,” Ferebee wrote. “We must acknowledge that they are replicating what they see. Now is not the time for finger pointing; now is the time to work seriously and collaboratively on the issue.”

The community conversation will take place at 6 p.m. at New Era Church, 517 West 30thStreet. Click here to RSVP.


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