Memphians look for solutions to the city's crime problem - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphians look for solutions to the city's crime problem

It was a wake-up call no one wanted to hear. Four children shot in the streets of Memphis. Two died and were buried this Saturday.

With concern growing over violence in Memphis, particularly over such young victims, people are asking questions but not everyone agrees on the answers.

The goal is to get young people off the streets and away from crime. The city council has decided against an early curfew, but the clock is ticking. The murder count is already up to 90.

After determining an early curfew wasn't the solution, the city's now considering opening city schools to be used as activity centers.

"We believe these daytime community centers manned by faith-based organizations can help take the kids off the streets and take the children out of harm's way," said City councilman Tom Marshall.

Preacher Herman Powell is concerned once children leave those day centers, they'll still be left to roam the streets at night. He says parents should be held responsible when children break their curfew.

"Tying this to the curfew would help to erase the need of a curfew," said Powell.

Another challenge is encouraging kids to go to the school day centers when community centers are already underused.

"Our children are so busy with their Play Stations or X-Box machines, sitting on a couch, typically doing something violent on those machines that it's hard to compete with that level of entertainment," Marshall said.

12-year-old Jacqueline Shaw says it comes down to tender loving care.

"If you have a parent that cares about you, you will listen to them and do the right thing and stay in the house and stop the violence," said Shaw.

She says curfews don't work for kids who feel abandoned.

Preacher Powell says the churches have come together in the Binghampton community where 13-year-old Melissa Robinson lost her life. They're holding a rally to take back the streets Thursday night.

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