Friday, October 7, 2022

YouTurn hosts event condemning violence

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There have been 20 homicides from the start of the year through the end of August. That’s down from 2021. There were 22 homicides in the city over the same period last year. But violence prevention experts said they still have some concerns.Cotton candy, balloons and a bounce house – all fun entertainment at YouTurn Thursday but the message for this event is serious. “Whether it’s a knife or a gun or whatever it is. We try to get them to the table and to have conversation so that they don’t hurt and kill one another,” said street manager Ronald Smith.Smith is a street manager with YouTurn.He works with the highest-risk teens and young adults, to steer them away from violence. He said that it’s because was once a teen, in need of the same kind of help. “I decided to be an example to those that’s using violence that hey, look, wait a minute, there’s a better way to do that,” said Smith. Sherman Wells said he has loved ones who’ve been on both sides of a gun. “Being a person that comes from a family full of gun violence, whether it’s on one side or the other, I wanted to be able to come here and share a message with people to understand that gun violence has a residual effects,” said Wells.He said it’s important to also help kids through the trauma of gun violence. “Make sure you support these children. They’re going through a lot. They can get guns faster than they can get number two pencils. They can get drugs faster,” said Wells.According to Omaha Police, this year there have been 20 homicides between January an August, and twelve of those have been this summer between June and August.There have also been 81 non-fatal shooting victims so far in 2022.Both men said this event is the perfect way to have positive fun with kids and show them there is no need for violence. “And try your best to avoid falling victim to the system that teaches us that gun violence is normal, it’s not,” said Wells.For more information on how to join YouTurn, click here.

There have been 20 homicides from the start of the year through the end of August.

That’s down from 2021. There were 22 homicides in the city over the same period last year.

But violence prevention experts said they still have some concerns.

Cotton candy, balloons and a bounce house – all fun entertainment at YouTurn Thursday but the message for this event is serious.

“Whether it’s a knife or a gun or whatever it is. We try to get them to the table and to have conversation so that they don’t hurt and kill one another,” said street manager Ronald Smith.

Smith is a street manager with YouTurn.

He works with the highest-risk teens and young adults, to steer them away from violence.

He said that it’s because was once a teen, in need of the same kind of help.

“I decided to be an example to those that’s using violence that hey, look, wait a minute, there’s a better way to do that,” said Smith.

Sherman Wells said he has loved ones who’ve been on both sides of a gun.

“Being a person that comes from a family full of gun violence, whether it’s on one side or the other, I wanted to be able to come here and share a message with people to understand that gun violence has a residual effects,” said Wells.

He said it’s important to also help kids through the trauma of gun violence.

“Make sure you support these children. They’re going through a lot. They can get guns faster than they can get number two pencils. They can get drugs faster,” said Wells.

According to Omaha Police, this year there have been 20 homicides between January an August, and twelve of those have been this summer between June and August.

There have also been 81 non-fatal shooting victims so far in 2022.

Both men said this event is the perfect way to have positive fun with kids and show them there is no need for violence.

“And try your best to avoid falling victim to the system that teaches us that gun violence is normal, it’s not,” said Wells.

For more information on how to join YouTurn, click here.


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