EAST ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A bumper sticker handed out at Saturday’s “Stop the Violence ” march in East St. Louis says “Don’t Shoot! I want to grow up.”
It features the face of a young child.
Dozens of children turned out for the march.
East St. Louis police chief Michael Floore says they’re victims, too, “All the children are affected, because they see loved ones shot in the middle of the street during broad daylight. There’s also robberies going on. They see all that stuff.”
East St. Louis mayor Alvin Parks says adults need to take notice of anti-violence messages the kids are learning in classrooms, “We solve our differences with words. Let’s get things fixed in a peaceful way. We don’t need to be shooting each other, and we don’t need to be fighting in school.”
There were 30 murders in East St. Louis last year. The police department says four have occurred there so far this year.
Police chief Floore has a message for the residents of East St. Louis, “I’m reaching out to the community to let them know the chief can’t do it by himself. We need help from citizens stepping up to the plate, night watch programs, things we can do to help each other.”
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