ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – High school students were marching down the street today, calling for peace in their community.

It happened this morning at Northwest Academy of Law.

Prior to the march, the school hosted a panel discussion on ways to prevent violence on the streets of St. Louis. It included a student assembly at Northwest High School, where Major Ronnie Robinson with the St. Louis Police Department was among the speakers.

“You’ve got little brothers and little sisters looking at everything that you do,” Robinson says. “Behavior that’s seen is behavior that’s repeated.”

Photo: KMOX/Brett Blume

Photo: KMOX/Brett Blume

An auditorium full of Northwest students also got a pep talk from North City native Mavis Thompson, now license collector for the city of St. Louis.

“I am a nurse, I am a lawyer, I am a politician, I am a city-wide elected official, and I don’t say that just to bragI say it because I am an example to you,” she told students. “If I can make it through, so can you.”

Student Alicia Benefield says just as there’s negative peer pressure, there can also be a positive influence as well.

“I want to help our community stop the violence,” Benefield says. “It’s our generations that are coming up with this crime, so I want to help take the step and make a change.”

Northwest students are calling on North City residents to put the guns away and seek out peaceful ways to resolve conflicts.

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