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Officials want input from teens in tackling violence problem

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Using feedback from teenagers throughout the area to tackle the problem of violent crime is the idea behind a panel discussion being held Monday morning in downtown Baton Rouge.

The Baton Rouge Police Department responded to a shooting at North Sherwood Forest Community Park on Sunday that sent an unidentified 18-year-old to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the arm.

"I don't like crime," said Julien Odom of the Young Leaders Academy, said.

"It's evil, chaos."

Odom, 11, Bria Price, 17, and Jonathan-Terrell Clark, 16, gave their take on why they believe crime is a growing problem among teens in the area.

"I think that's the problem, like a lot of teens are scared to come out and say this is right and it's okay that it's right," said Price, a member of the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition.

"Some of the males don't have father figures in their life, so it's either they're going to be out in the streets or it's a preacher and most of the time, it's the streets that's raising them," added Clark, an intern with the Level Up program.

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