“There is too much gun violence in Greater Cleveland. There are too many young people dying over nothing. It's not even a matter of being at the wrong place at the wrong time anymore; people are getting shot in their own homes.
By JAMES W. WADE III
The recent increase in gun violence and school shootings has Community Activists banning together to stop the violence. One rally was held at the
Avery joined with activist Art McCoy who spoke to the crowd about the senseless murders that have been going on throughout the city. “Rather than wage wars on crime and drugs, society needs to explore solutions that contribute to social justice and promote a just peace. The tired 'get tough' rhetoric of politicians is not a solution because violence is not 'caused' by our current sentencing structure. Indeed, the 'get tough' approach is counter-productive when money to build prisons comes from cuts in crime prevention funds, community services and education,” said Avery.
Threats continue to cause schools in northeast
Reports of apparent threats started coming into area schools almost immediately after Monday’s shooting rampage, which left three students dead and two others injured. And the threats continue to be reported.
On Friday alone, police confirmed incidents at
A student was detained at
A bomb threat was phoned into
North Royalton High School was locked down that day as well about 8:30 a.m. after a student reported hearing talk about a weapon. The information was false, said Superintendent Ed Vittardi.
Schools are on a heightened state of alert following the fatal Chardon High School shootings.
It was painful for some of the youth to talk about the countless friends and loved ones whose lives were claimed because of the ignorance and unchallenged influence of gangs and the gang lifestyle.
Avery shared the need for an alternative, and he believe that the community has to do something about the violence that has gone on in our neighborhood (and many others) for too long.
Cleveland City Councilmen Zack Reed and Jeff Johnson say they are disgusted with the ongoing violence in the city. The conversation intensified last summer because of a spike of highly publicized shootings involving young people as victims and suspects. Thirty people were killed in the city last summer, accounting for more than half of the city's murder total for the year.
The councilmen and the
"There are key stakeholders who are not involved with this issue," Johnson said. "We're finding that people are not determining why they should be part of the debate because, up to this point, it's been a law enforcement perspective."
Blaine Griffin, community relations director for the city, said the corporate and philanthropic communities in
"We need all hands on deck right now," said
“There is too much gun violence in Greater Cleveland. There are too many young people dying over nothing. It's not even a matter of being at the wrong place at the wrong time anymore; people are getting shot in their own homes. Teens now have access to weapons, which is becoming very dangerous,” said Avery.