Greensboro develops plan to curb teen violence

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- After months of community discussions about curbing teen violence downtown during the summer, city leaders have come up with a plan to keep teens off the streets and more active.

"We certainly don't want fighting, we don't want violence," said Susan Feit, executive director of the National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad.

Downtown Greensboro became a hot spot for teen violence last summer.

"I don't believe in bad kids," Feit said. "I don't believe in bad people."

But Feit does believe that to avoid a repeat of last summer's violence, teens in Greensboro need more.

"Is there something meaningful for them to do," Feit asked.

It's a question city leaders have been asking themselves and, after more than a dozen community discussions, have found the answer to.

"Everything from recreational to resource information to job skills information, we're working towards providing those things," said Chris Wilson, interim assistant city manager.

The city has developed a three-point plan to keep teens more active, developing programs that include arts and crafts, science skills and fitness. They're also working on ways to get the word out about the programs and improving transportation to give teenagers better access to them.

"The intent here is to provide something that allows teens to be engaged in a positive way," Wilson said.

A plan Feit thinks will work alongside mentorships and getting feedback from teens themselves.

"Are they going to be defined as the problem or are they going to be defined and used as part of the solution," Feit asked.

City officials say the new programs should be enacted by spring 2014.

11 comments

  • Cripes A Mighty

    While Ms. Fiet may not believe in bad people, I do! I believe that some kids for a variety of reasons (such as horrible parents), grow up to be nothing more than criminals. I have no sympathy for criminals who prey on innocent people, each other, and the most vulnerable in our society. If you are old enough to commit a violent crime, you are old enough to pay the price.

    We should throw the thugs in prison and let them rot there until the end of their lives. Prisons too full? Cut some corporate welfare, build larger prisons all over the state, and get rid of plea bargains and parole.

    That is the only way to safeguard our community. Until that day comes, get a licensed pistol permit, CCW license, and responsibly carry each and every time you leave your home.

  • jliles1205

    The city has developed a three-point plan to keep teens more active, developing programs that include arts and crafts, science skills and fitness. They’re also working on ways to get the word out about the programs and improving transportation to give teenagers better access to them.
    “The intent here is to provide something that allows teens to be engaged in a positive way,” Wilson said.

    These people live in a vacuum-
    the thugs who prowl downtown looking for violent conflict can’t read a street sign much less care about “arts and crafts, science skills and fitness”. The only thing they respect is a strong police presence, and the knowledge that any one of those law abiding citizens enjoying the benefits of their tax funded facilities may be armed.

  • FaithC

    I agree with all of the above. Conceal carry permit and arm yourself.

    Ms. Feit may say she does not believe in bad kids, so how about she walk around downtown and some of the sides street late at night. See how much she believes then.
    The town council has to show they are taking a stand against teen violence and they are acting as if they are dealing with a bunch of 2nd graders. These are kids have grown up on the streets with no parental input at all and they are out to cause harm, arts and crafts are not going to stop them.
    The town council needs to get its head out of the clouds, face reality and come up with a plan that will actually do something.

  • Jeanie Nelson

    Some good ideas. But we offer these things in prison as well. I think you need to add some hard work to this fun time. Such as cleaning up the streets of litter having them learn to do a job a real job. Cleaning up the creeks the parks the roads have them work with the road crews. How about after all that teach them a skill rather than a art. Teach them how to care for a elderly family member teach them how to do math and work on building a park rather than destroying one. Teach them how to fish so they can eat for a life time. Rather than giving them a fish that only lasts a day.

  • Robin

    I think it’s a good ideal!! Anything to help teens to turn their life around. Throwing these kids in jail isn’t helping! Helping them in school and giving them positive outlets might help! For those who are saying just give up on them,what if it was your child? It takes a village to raise a child!!

  • jliles1205

    I’m guessing you’ve never tried to frequent a business after dark.

    If it was my child he wouldn’t be downtown wilding with other teens.

    It takes a restraining order to keep a village from trying to raise my children.

    Your innocent naivete will get your can kicked some day.

  • InventorNC

    LOL – more government mismanagement. Wrongheaded. Naive. Expensive. Misguided.

    These silly (mis)management buggers are living in a dream world. Their dreams always seem to involve my tax money. Their dreams never work well.

    And the t-h-r-e-a-t of jail time is what makes kids thoughtful. A bit of education telling the kids what a ‘record’ will do to their futures will shape most of them up.

    Big Daddy cannot do the job of parents and the law. Period. Plus it is not the job of teachers to be parents. That’s parents’ job.

    Hey, we could have knitting classes for the bad boys.

    Knit one, pearl two,
    Come on fellas
    We’re for you!

  • Jimmy Hat Splat

    arts and crafts, science skills and fitness

    HA

    HA

    HA

    HA

    Ok “kids”, next we will be knitting a handwarmer for your 22.

  • zb

    look who is on the video causing all this.. Throw some watermelons out on the street and these monkeys will be too busy eating to start shit….WORTHLESS WAIST OF AIR>>>>>>>ENOUGH SAID

  • Cripes A Mighty

    Stephen,

    Geez, a little nitpicky with my wording aren’t you? I was trying to make the point that a person should be legally armed and not running around breaking the law by carrying a weapon illegally. Sometimes when I write, my brain and fingers are not working in sync and the output is not what I meant to write. However, this was not meant to be a scholarly post on my part.

    Since you decided to be Mr. Grammar Police, allow me to point out that your grammar was not accurate either. Your comment “but thats its…” does not make any sense.

    You can write “but that is it” or maybe “but that’s it”, but you cannot write “but thats its…”..

    Upon further investigation, while I called it a pistol permit in my post above for which you corrected me, the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department website calls it a Handgun Permit and not a Purchase Permit as you called it. I did incorrectly preface what I called a Pistol Permit with the word licensed, The intent was again to remind people to be licensed but I guess that just flew over our head. I would also feel quite certain that the word pistol and handgun are used interchangeably and pistol would not be considered an inappropriate use of the either term unless you would like to debate that too.

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