Local leaders point to education to help keep kids from crimes


GOOD EVENING, I’M BRAD MEANS. JENNIE: I’M JENNIE MONTGOMERY. THANKS FOR JOINING US. JENNIE: COVERAGE YOU CAN COUNT ON BEGINS TONIGHT WITH AN INVESTIGATION INTO WHY A MAN WITH A –CRIMINAL RECORD– OPENED FIRE ON DEPUTIES. BUT AS AUTHORITIES GET ANSWERS… SOME LEADERS SAY THERE MIGHT BE A BETER FIX. JENNIE: NEWSCHANNEL 6’S RENETTA DUBOSE JOINS US LIVE IN THE NEWSROOM.AND RENETTA, THOSE LEADERS SAY EDUCATION HELPS. RENETTA: WHILE THIS OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING REMAINS AN ACTIVE INVESTIGATION, WE TOOK A LOOK INTO HOW SOME LEADERS SAY PARENTS AND THE COMMUNITY CAN GET INVOLVED IN KEEPING KIDS FROM BECOMING CRIMINALS NOW AND IN THE FUTURE. VENUS CAIN/RCBOE VICE PRESIDENT: “OUR PARENTS NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT THEY HAVE TO PLAY A PART IN HELPING THEIR AT RISK CHILD GET ON TRACK.” RENETTA:ONE THING VENUS CAIN SAYS COULD HELP LOWER THE NUMBER OF KIDS AND YOUNG ADULTS LEAVING SCHOOL AND HEADING TO PRISON IS HOW THEY ARE EDUCATED. VENUS CAIN/RCBOE VICE PRESIDENT: I CAN CRY FOR THREE REASONS.I CAN CRY BECAUSE I’M CRYING TEARS OF JOY BECAUSE MY CHILD WALKED ACROSS THE STAGE AND GOT THEIR HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA.AND GUESS WHAT?THAT MEANS THEY’RE CLOSER TO MOVING OUT.OR I CAN CRY BECAUSE MY CHILD IS BEHIND THE PRISON WALLS FOR THE NEXT FIVE TO TEN YEARS OR I CAN CRY AND MOURN THE LOSS OF MY CHILD.” RENETTA: NEWSCHANNEL 6 REPORTED EARLIER THIS MONTH ON THE SHOOTING DEATH OF 14-YEAR-OLD CAMRON ROBINSON.FOUR OTHER RICHMOND COUNTY TEENS HAVE BEEN CHARGED IN A RELATED CASE.AND 25-YEAR-OLD LETIRROS MCDUFFIE EXCHANGED GUN FIRE WITH DEPUTIES SATURDAY NIGHT…NOW AWAITING CHARGES AND HIS BOOKING INTO JAIL.CAIN, TOLD US A LOT OF CRIMINAL CASES CAN BE AVOIDED IF KIDS HAVE THE RIGHT EDUCATION.SHE SAYS THE UPCOMING RIGHTSIZING VOTE IN MARCH COULD MAKE WAY FOR THE INNOVATION ACADEMY, WHICH WOULD SWITCH THE ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL AT LAMAR FROM A PLACE STUDENTS ARE SENT FOR BEHAVIORAL ISSUES TO A PROJECT BASED LEARNING STYLE SCHOOL PARENTS COULD VOLUNTEER TO SEND THEIR KIDS TO ATTEND. VENUS CAIN/RCBOE VICE PRESIDENT: “WHEN THAT CHILD IS SUCCESSFUL THE COMMUNITY IS SUCCESSFUL, THE PARENTS ARE SUCCESSFUL BECAUSE YOU STOP THAT VICIOUS CYCLE.” RENETTA:EDUCATION IS THE VEHICLE THE LOCAL JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM IS USING TO TURN AROUND KIDS TOO.IN NOVEMBER, NEWSCHANNEL 6 REPORTED ON THREE LOCAL JUDGES ARE WORKING HARD BECAUSE HALF OF THE MORE THAN 1,000 KIDS IN THE SYSTEM ARE INCARCERATED, ON PROBATION OR IN A VIOLATION RELATED PROGRAM. AUDREY ARMISTAD/EDUCATIO NAL SPECIALIST: “IF IT’S A READING PROBLEM, WE’RE GOING TO TACKLE THAT PROBLEM.IF IT’S A MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEM, WE’RE GOING TO TRY TO TACKLE THAT PROBLEM WITH THE KID.FIND THOSE APPROPRIATE SERVICES TO GET TO THAT KID SO THAT THEY CAN BE SUCCESSFUL WITH THEIR EDUCATION.” VENUS CAIN/RCBOE VICE PRESIDENT: “WHEN YOU ASK A KINDERGARTENER OR PRE-K WHAT THEY WANT TO BE THEY HAVE SOMETHING THAT THEY WANT TO BE.” RENETTA: MCDUFFIE HAS STILL NOT BEEN BOOKED INTO JAIL BECAUSE OF OUTSTANDING WARRANTS AND PREVIOUS CHARGES.BACK TO YOU.

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