youth gun violence

Stoneman Shooting Survivors
Leslie Ovalle / WLRN

 

Students who survived the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School vowed to make sure that their 17 classmates and teachers did not die in vain. 

 

Nadege Green and Jessica Bakeman / WLRN

In South Florida, it's happened before -- young people rallying and raising their voices against gun violence.

About a dozen elementary school kids took to the streets inside the Liberty Square housing projects in April 2016 chanting, " We don't want to die; stop shooting. We don't want to die; stop shooting."

Provided / The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus

When the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus pulled up at Hialeah Gardens High School, many students didn’t know much about the famous late Beatle.

Some wondered if he was on the bus himself. One insisted to her friend his last name was “Legend.”

But when the educators who drive the bus-turned-recording-studio-on-wheels played the 1971 song “Imagine” and other Beatles tunes, the kids understood the messages. They know what it’s like to yearn for a world without violence.

Nadege Green / WLRN

Megan Hobson was 16 years old when she was caught in the crossfire of a drive-by shooting in Miami Gardens.

Across the nation, 152 children under 12 were accidentally shot and killed, by either self-inflicted gunshot wounds or by another child, from 2014 through 2016.

"Goals Not Guns" Forum Focuses on Youth Gun Violence

May 23, 2017
Holly Pretsky / WLRN

Miami city commissioner Frank Carollo hosted the second annual "Goals Not Guns" forum at the Tower Theater in Little Havana Tuesday.

Law enforcement officials shared their experiences responding to youth gun violence calls. They emphasized the trauma involved, reminding their audience that those experiences follow them home.   

Read more: Young Survivors, The Unspoken Trauma of Gun Violence

GEO-DEMOGRAPHICS OF GUNSHOT WOUND INJURIES IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, 2002–2012

This week on The Florida Roundup...

Geo-demographics of gunshot wound injuries in Miami-Dade county, 2002–2012

Gun injuries are a growing problem for Florida’s children, rising along with the increasing availability of firearms across the state, according to a special report in the Tampa Bay Times.

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