Joint effort could lead to safer Kinston

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – A joint effort could lead to a safer Kinston.

It’s all part of an idea students came up with. The effort, led by the Kinston Teens group, focuses on six goals, including preventing gun violence.

In the past two years, police said several teenagers were shot in the Simon Bright community. One 18-year-old died in December after he was shot in the area.

Police are still meeting with parents who voiced their concerns about the safety of the Simon Bright community.

Parents discussing how to make the area safer are not the only ones. Kinston Teens just started a new plan.

The Youth Violence Prevention Plan is being put into action. It’s a list of ideas created by Kinston Teens to lower crime rates and make the city a safer place.

Chris Suggs, Kinston Teens’ founder, said, in order for it to work, the community must come together.

“[In] ways that anyone, from an average teenager, like me, to community leaders, a non-profit professional, a teacher,” said Chris Suggs. “Ways that they can help, you know, prevent crime and violence among teenagers.”

Six goals are outlined in the plan, ranging from improving recreational activities for kids, making schools safer, providing mentors to teens, and enhancing neighborhood conditions by making them safe and welcoming.

For more information on the plan or to find out how you can get involved, click here.

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