ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Gun violence was once again the big topic of discussion around St. Louis this week. Arrests have been made in the latest two shootings involving children. Throughout our area, there have been 24 children killed so far this year.
Students are expressing the struggles of seeing their peers die at early ages. Some of them not wanting to go on camera were tearful saying it was a lot to deal with.
There were a staggering number of students standing when asked if they had been affected by gun violence at the Strong Youth Strong Community Summit today. Some were concerned about police presence. There is a deep concern among the youth if they can be safe.
Isaac Bruce, former St. Louis Ram spoke to students offering mentorship, encouragement, and a message of self-value.
“So the value is not there, and abuse is inevitable. You see splashes of violence in our communities and we don’t have a true identity about who we are,” said Isaac Bruce.