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Conference aims to create safe future for children

By Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - School leaders, local law enforcement and child advocacy agencies joined forces Thursday for a two-day conference aimed at eliminating community and school violence.

"If we don't get a handle on violence of our youth, we're going to be in trouble for a long time to come," said Ronald Pope with Memphis City Schools.

The program is being presented by Memphis City Schools in collaboration with the Memphis-Shelby County Children and Youth Council.

"Youth violence is a challenge that we experience both in the schools and the community," said Memphis City Schools Board Commissioner Dr. Freda Williams.

People participating in the program also shared information on a number of issues, such as gang awareness, mentoring, truancy and school safety.

"Violence is one of the key indicators of children not feeling comfortable, so if we get a handle on that and we can eliminate violence, then we have a safer and better environment for children to learn in," said Pope.

Pope said the goal is to assure a safe future for children.

"We want people to leave here with some strategies," said Pope.  "So when they go back to their communities, they'll have some strategies to work with and also have resources."

The conference at the MCS Teaching and Learning Academy wraps up Friday at 3:00 p.m.

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