Violence Fuels Calls for Action

There are still extra police on patrol in North Omaha after stray bullets hit six-year old Taelor Fentress in the face last week. Now, parents in the community are reacting to the growing violence that has taken over some of our neighborhoods.

All over the city, especially in North Omaha, people are trying to figure out what to do to stop the violence.

Carol Kellogg has 10 grandchildren. She keeps them out of trouble by listening to them and keeping them involved in the community.

“Listen to them and keep them involved to keep them busy in things that are constructive to their learning and to help them learn, stay focused,” she said.

Carol says those simple things start at home and parents and grandparents need help in order to keep peace on the streets. Everyone must get involved.

Barbara Robinson, with Impact One, said, “It takes a whole village, principals in the schools, adults that are around have to be more aware of the conversations that going on among kids.”

And that information must be passed along to police. Impact One believes a lot of violent crime is simply retaliation going back-and-forth and it can be stopped if people with information step up and save the kids who can be saved.

Robinson said, “One reporter asked, are we reaching the kids who are hurting people. Some of these people you won’t be able to reach them. Some people want to continue what they’re doing. So there’s some you won’t be able to reach.”

Impact One officials say, leave your front and back porch lights on at night and be aware of all the vehicles that belong in your neighborhood. If you see anything strange, call police.

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