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Gang Violence on the Rise Among St. Louis Youth

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – In the past two weeks, an 11-year old boy has been shot and killed in South Saint Louis, and an 11-year old girl and 15-year old were shot and wounded in North Saint Louis in separate incidents.

James Clark with Better Family Life calls it a culture of violence that will only get worse.

He says children are being recruited into gangs from as early as 10 and 11 years old, and adults need to take a more hands-on approach to dealing with the issue.

“We are sitting on the sidelines, analyzing it, studying it, having conferences about the data,” he says. “We have reached the point of what I call analysis paralysis.”

Instead, Clark advocates going door-to-door in the neighborhoods in which the issues are “festering.”

Clark is no fan of social media, calling it a dangerous vehicle for violence, where thoughts, threats, and dares can be communicated to thousands of people with the click of a button.

He strongly encourages parents to take their children off of social media.

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