Panel discusses root of Port City violence


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Submitted: Thu, 11/14/2013 - 4:15am
Updated: Mon, 12/02/2013 - 11:19pm
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After hundreds of shots fired in Wilmington this year local law enforcement has promised increased patrols, but a panel of doctors from UNCW says we can’t arrest our way out of the current crime wave.

“If you keep arresting people, and not trying to fix the problem, then it’s just going to be a never ending cycle,” said Curtis Poole, Jr.

To try and break the cycle of violence in Wilmington, community leaders and convicted felons came together to try and identify potential solutions to the gang problem.

Many in the audience asked if stricter gun control was the answer, but Dr. Cecil Willis emphatically said no.

“The problem is that with the gun control laws they don’t effect where the problem with the gun violence is,” said UNCW professor Cecil Willis. “Most of the guns used in violent crimes are actually obtained illegally.”

Dr. Donyell Roseboro says that the increase in violence in the Port City isn’t because of the number of guns, but rather numbers in education. In 2011-12 the 85.6% of students from New Hanover Co. schools were career and college ready. For Black Males it was 64.2%. In 2012-13 the overall pass rate 60% and for Black males it was 22.4% after state officials switched the testing criteria.

“Teachers have to be connected to communities and families,” said UNCW professor Donyell Roseboro. “They have to know who their kids are but unfortunately teachers are overwhelmed. There’s a lot to do, there’s a lot of standardized testing, and a lot of data they have to keep up with. Sometimes that all takes away from taking care of young people’s emotional and social needs.”

Panel members agree that once we fix that narrative, we will have peace in the Port City.

If you have any ideas of how to break the cycle of violence in Wilmington you can make your voice heard at the next community meeting on December 2nd at Cape Fear Community College’s Union Station.

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23 Comments on "Panel discusses root of Port City violence"


Guest Reply Redux
2015 years 8 months ago

jsmith…if you would have run against Saffo with your statements here in the Forums (As a Platform you have just posted)…Wilmington would be looking at a Mayor Smith instead of otherwise.

To back up your statements, and my 2 cents worth…Yes…starting the children out properly at home is necessary and the key…not as you put it…a Nanny service through the teachers. Teachers are there to teach what education is allowed to be taught these days…but minus (i.e.) “Geography”??? That’s a killer subject that’s been dropped, at least when my daughter was in school there.

(Quote): “Panel members agree that once we fix that narrative, we will have peace in the Port City” (Unquote)

How are they going to address the criminals in the streets “NOW”? Can’t go back in time and fix it…can they?
Yes…keep the serious offenders “In Jail” and better yet…the ones under 30…offer their services into the Military…mandatory! Boot Camp will take a notch or 2 outta their britches.

Finally with the News Media: Stories such as the NAACP story, which was recently printed (WWAY) and presented “subconsciously/most likely” to stir up racial bigotry…and from what I’ve read on this news stations Forums…it has done just that. That worsens the problems and draws attention away from solutions…from both ends!!!
12 weeks of Boot Camp will help…and that goes for both sexes too!

SurfCityTom
2015 years 8 months ago

follow the pattern of the reality show “Scared Straight” or whatever it is called.

Step 1 — if you can not behave in school, you go to the school provided for the incarcerated teens. Give them a taste of a future on the inside,

Step 2 — if you have a lengthy record of misdemeanors and minor felonies, with no jail time and all probations, send them to Central Prison in Raleigh for a week-end. See how tough they are after a week-end of being ogled at by hardened criminals who may not get conjugal visits from wives and girl friends. That should open some eyes.

Step 3 — if steps 1 and 2 have not worked, put them on duty at the zoo on Carolina Beach road. let them tend to the big cats including feeding and enclosure cleaning.

Step 4 — if all else fails, have them wear a house arrest monitor and shoot on sight if they violate house arrest.

At the same time, if they live in public housing, and the parent(s) present can not or will not control them, evict the entire family. Or require the parents to petition the court to emancipate the youthful miscreants and then throw them off the public dole and out of public housing.

I ucucucu
2015 years 8 months ago

So what’s the answer? Take the children away from the parents at birth? Mandatory birth control? What’s the answer?

You can blame a culture or a group all you want, but that’s not an answer. Teenage mothers, who come from the same culture you speak of, without the means or knowledge to raise these children, are being thrust into parenthood. They are not capable of raising these children. So what’s the answer?

You can’t say ‘don’t have babies’ cause they have already had them. You can’t say, ‘they need to take responsibility’ because they are ignorant stupid teenagers. And when their children are 15-19, they are about 95% likely to repeat the same cycle.

So what’s the answer? You take away the ‘entitlements’, the food stamps and the welfare, and you leave a society with poor, uneducated individuals who will ABSOLUTELY turn to crime. So do you wait for that to happen? What’s the answer?

Blame does no one any good. So what is the answer?

Jimmy
2015 years 8 months ago

How about they say what too many people are afraid to say? It’s not teachers, it’s not police, it’s just laziness by these people to not go to school, instead they just sit on their front porches after sleeping all day because the values they learn from school or school activities aren’t there. You don’t see these problems in certain neighborhoods because they’re products of their environments. Get a job, got to school, it’s free, and don’t commit crimes.

curtis poole
2015 years 8 months ago

there are many blames on why … the gangs and ppl commit crimes! it takes community to raise a child. To me its everyone fault when children are around different elements that are not MORAL! LIKE THE MOVIES YOU WATCH, THE MUSIC LYRICS YOU LISTEN TO THAT TALK ABOUT DRUGS, BOOTY, KILLING , THE VIDEOS YOU LEARN DANCES TOO ARE SEXUAL BASE THE WAY YOU TALK TO YOUR SPOUSE.S YOUR CHOICE OF WORD TO OTHERS IN CONVERSATIONS, THE WAY YOU ARE DISRESPECTFUL IN LIFE !!!! THEN YOU SEE YOUR CHILDREN DO IT YOU THINK ITS COOL OR CUTE BUT YOU BUILDING THERE FUTURE THEN!! young minds absorb there surroundings!!! i know from experience!!!!!!!THIS IS TRUE!! NOW IAM A SINGLE DAD! I HAVE CHANGED MY LIFE AND MY SON SEES IT AND HE PLAYS FOUR SPORTS GOOD GRADES IN SCHOOL AND IS VERY RESPECTFUL IN THE CHURCH GAVE HIS LIFE TO THE LORD JUST AS HIS DAD DID!SO I REFUSE TO TEACH OR PUT MY SON IN THAT ELEMENT OR WRONG DOING!RITE NOW WE AS PPL NEED TO DO OUR BEST TO BREAK THE CYCLE! RAISE A CHILD TO BE A WOMAN OR A MAN WITH RESPECT AND MORALS!!!!!! I HAVE A SAYING “IF MY SON CANT GO TO THE SAME PLACE WHEN I GO THEN I DONT NEED TO BE THERE!!! IAM TALKING TO ALL CULTURES! IN SAYING THIS STATEMENT SO PLEASE TAKE A PERSONAL CHECK OF YOUR FAMILY LIFE AND YOURS! CHANGE WHAT YOU FEEL IS WRONG IN YOUR LIFE! ACCEPT GOD !!