Youth violence is a ‘crisis’ in Wilmington

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Submitted: Wed, 04/16/2014 - 3:35am
Updated: Wed, 04/16/2014 - 3:57am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington City Council members agreed youth violence is a ‘crisis’ in the city Tuesday night.

City Manager Sterling Cheatham presented a report on reducing youth gun violence in Wilmington Tuesday after hosting several forums over the winter for the report. Cheatham said they found the youth often lack family structure, good education and meaningful jobs. In addition to those reasons, the reports also suggests racism, media bias, and overloaded jails lead to violence.

Cheatham hopes to address those issues through more funding for things like early education, job-placement programs, and collaboration between law enforcement and community leaders. He also said he wants to ask non-profits to lead the community to lessen the violence.

The city is asking for your input on strategies to prevent youth violence. Surveys are available online until April 23.

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32 Comments on "Youth violence is a ‘crisis’ in Wilmington"

Benson For Sheriff
2015 years 8 months ago

Typical Liberal policies…throw money at the problem…instead of looking at where the problems lie…just keep throwing money at programs and studies and consultants, and when the money is gone, and the problems still exist, what happens??? Tax the citizens to raise the money to cover the shortfall because of the spending on the programs that do not work!!!!

Hopefully the voters this year will see fit to put Marc Benson in as Sheriff…his policies, his politics and his background in law enforcement will make the citizens of the community very happy. He will attack the problems at the source…Gangs and the infiltration of gangs in the elementary and middle school levels…he will help control a budget with the sheriff’s office that has gotten out of control and try and trim the fat on a department that has more supervisors than it does workers…Not even sure how that happens…

Once the budget is under control, then the spending can be focused on where it needs to be…fighting crime, arresting criminals, and prosecuting them to the fullest. Is anyone really that naive to think crime will stop…It has been around since the dawn of time and will never go away!!! Focus the energy where it needs to be…not on understaffed, untrained people working on ridiculous programs that do not work.

Vote Marc Benson, and as a citizen of Wilmington and New Hanover County, you will NOT be sorry!!!!

2015 years 8 months ago

First, are all these ugly comments from people who are racists? I was just wondering…anyway I see that “The city is asking for your input”. I do hope you have the ability to offer strategies that can be put into place to: prevent gun violence, maybe you can ask the “thugs” where they purchased them from, job creation, maybe you can ask businesses to create on the job training, part time, etc., maybe you can ask for grants to open up closed buildings for adequately equipped community centers for teens only, maybe one day I can visit this website and view competent and relevant content from area citizens that are worthy of reading instead of this constant “babble”.

2015 years 8 months ago

How can there be a “youth gun violence” problem? There are laws in place that prevent anyone under the age of 18 from purchasing a long gun and preventing anyone under 21 from purchasing a handgun. Don’t tell me that these poor misguided young people have no respect for the laws that are already on the books! You don’t suppose they get these guns on the (God Forbid) “black market” or, even worse, steal them. Maybe if we pass new laws they will like them better than the old ones. Yeah, that’ll work.

2015 years 8 months ago

These thugs are in no way interested in education, jobs, or collaboration with law enforcement. If they were, why aren’t THEY asking for such community intervention? So let’s not waste more money on them with useless campaigns such as this one. All they want is to continue getting free handouts — housing, food stamps, Obama phones, whatever they can fit into their outstretched hands. And they’re already getting that, aren’t they?

2015 years 8 months ago

If the funding went for education to teach public housing residents how to keep their knees together and zippers closed, it would be worth it. As it is, the cycle of non-income producing single-parent families that create new welfare recipients generation after generation just continues until no one knows how to even spell “W-2″. These single-family homes…and the vacuum caused by the lack of a stable, income-earning family…are where the majority of gang members come from. THEY are the driving force behind “youth violence”.

How many gang members have a father at home? How many gang members have two parents…and at least one that earns a legitimate income? How many gang members can say that they take pride in the accomplishments of their mom and dad? How many times have these gang members earned an award at school…and had a parent there to honor the event – bonus points – for academics? Legitimate questions. Stopping this self-perpetuating cycle of unaccountability is the only way to slow youth violence. Hold people responsible for their actions…and in-actions.

Curfews for kids. Violations should have repercussions for the mother AND father. If the father is not “around”, hunt his absent ass down and hold him equally accountable.

Gangs and violence are synonymous. Cheatham wants to address the symptom (violence) by throwing money at it. Until a cure is found though, it’s a waste of money. Start at the source of the problem, not the end.

2015 years 8 months ago

the beached whale spouts off.

why not come up with a solution T?

Part of the problem is too many people fear ridiculous comments like yours and won’t stand up for what’s right.

But like a great beached whale, we can always count on you to blow hot air and spout off.

2015 years 8 months ago

I can’t think of one time I have felt and expressed myself like you so do not include me in your screwed up belief system.
You always like to put your boot on the throat of people with less education , money, or opportunity than most people.
Why not cut money from the Federal flood insurance for people that own homes at the beach? If they can afford a beach house they should be able to afford insurance without the federal government paying for it. But no, you would rather rail about the gov’t helping people with their insurance or people getting food stamps. Why should veterans and their spouses be the only ones getting socialized medicine in the U.S.? Why not be a little more understanding instead of viciously calling her a “worthless baby mama” or a “weasel” or him a “beached whale”? You don’t even know these people and you’re calling them names.
I know I shouldn’t but I feel sad for someone whose life is so empty that resorting to being an internet bully helps fill the void.
It sounds like Stacy is the one that hit a nerve.

Wilmington Observer
2015 years 8 months ago

Is that, really, your solution to the degradation of our communities? When the next shooting hits the news, within the next few days, we will just all “relax and smile more”. Maybe the Sheriff and Chief of Police can send a card to the victim’s mother that says, “Relax and Smile More”.

That was one of the most idiotic comments that I’ve seen, here, in a very long time. But, if it works for you, in your little fantasy world, then turn off your alarm and open your doors before going to bed tonight and just “relax and smile more”

Wilmington Observer

2015 years 8 months ago

because he is right. You must be in section 8.

2015 years 8 months ago

Too bad, because as negative as they may be…he’s totally correct! The news doesn’t profit from reporting “happy stories” so when news like this comes up, people comment. It’s our right, remember?

Oh and just to inform you, the majority of us that work hard for a living and see the lifetime entitlement recipients with the “free ride” that can’t muster up enough initiative to finish high school, but have enough to steal and do drugs, we have a hard time dishing out sympathy for that.

We don’t mind our tax monies being spent to help someone get back on their feet, but we don’t want to do that for a lifetime and for mutiple generations to follow!

Is that tiny bell ringin’ in that skull of yours yet?

2015 years 8 months ago

must have hit a few nerves. Do you fit the mold of the worthless baby mama who rarely knows the name of the man with which she breeds?

Funny, but every other poster has the same belief I do. Throwing more money into this sewer will not solve the problem

Am I a hater? Yup; I hate these worthless parasites who have children and offer no upbringing or parental guidance.

Sounds like you fit that mold.

And again, another weasel scampers back to its hole in the ground fearing the light of reality.

Just for the record, did I lie about the thugs who perished or their wlfare Mother who had 16 other children at home? Don’t those 16 deserve a better chance in life? What changes were made to give those youngsters an opportunity to be other than a life long inhabitant of our prison system or a resting spot on a morgue slab?

You can go back underground until the 1st when the next round of entitlements are handed out.

You didn’t even make a good attempt at proving me wrong.

2015 years 8 months ago

You write like a man who,s seems to have seen one to many Armadillos in your life.

2015 years 8 months ago

It isn’t indentured servitude, it is them earning the “free” housing they receive. How is it hare-brained to expect people to support themselves?

2015 years 8 months ago

Indentured servitude has been outlawed for a long time. Got any other hare-brained schemes?

2015 years 8 months ago

More along the lines of TAKING RESPONSIBILITY, for the Actions of Your KIDS AND your LIFE, instead of living/Leeching off everyone else!

2015 years 8 months ago

you’re wasting your time and thoughts on 1 who apparently lives off the sweat and efforts of hard working taxpayers.

Wilmington Observer
2015 years 8 months ago

The next “opportunity to fix things” is just around the corner. We could start by replacing every Sheriff in Southeastern North Carolina. The ones in place have had the opportunity to show what they can do and it has not been very impressive. People complain that we need “Term Limits”. We, already, HAVE term limits. The, current, Sheriff’s terms end in November. We can “limit” their “terms” by voting them out of office.

Wilmington Observer

2015 years 8 months ago

The voters in Wilmington are the epitome of Einstein’s definition of insanity.

2015 years 8 months ago

The real crisis is voter apathy. If the voters really cared enough, the current leaders around here would never be in office. If they weren’t in office, maybe we wouldn’t even be talking about some of these issues.

Will the voters care enough the next time there’s an opportunity to fix things? Most likely no. They’ll probably do what they do best; just sit around with their thumbs up their behinds and do exactly nothing.


2015 years 8 months ago

“Nip the problem at the root. Cut funding so these baby makers stop dropping new borns and ignoring the post birth responsibilty of parenthood”
Is that the root Tom?
Or should we provide birth control? Thats far cheaper than taking taxpayer dollars for care of the children for 18 years isn’t it? Yet, many conservative blanche at the thought of providing birth control (as do many born again Christians and Catholics)

I agree personal responsibility would lead to a person deciding to NOT HAVING sex – but that is not relegated to the poor only. Here we have Obamacare providing for BC but conservatives rail against it.
So what do we want? Do we REALLY want to stop baby makers from making babies? Or don’t we?
I’m all for time limits on welfare – or welfare to work (or welfare to school to work), and agree that criminals should not be in public housing (residing or visiting).
But the root cause of baby making is sex which is something we ALL have to deal with – not just in housing complexes.
Birth control is a key concept here…..


2015 years 8 months ago

How much does this man get paid to come up with another failed solution?

How about no funding for the baby maker mammas who view each leach they bear as another source of money in their pocket?

How about eviction from public housing for those who breed indiscrimiantly and often don’t know the name of the Daddy.

How about Social Services doing their job and nipping this part of the problem in the bud.

About 2 years ago, this very station chronicled the death of a 19 year old who was reported to be a 5 star general in the drug trade and gangland. His 18 year old brother had died within 7 days of the death from a hit and run incident. You attempted to drum up support for the welfare mother who lives in Section 8 housing; eats public funded food; and had 16 more children at home. 16 more children.

What did Social Services do to determine if those 16 should be placed in foster homes to prevent them from hitting the same road to leach status or early death? Did Bev send the state head of Social Services down from Raleigh to mobilize the local Social Service office?

Nothing these government clowns have proposed works. Their solution is always the same — throw money at the problem.

You can spray it with White Diamonds or Shalimar. But a skunk never loses the odor.

Nip the problem at the root. Cut funding so these baby makers stop dropping new borns and ignoring the post birth responsibilty of parenthood.

Guest Timekeeper
2015 years 8 months ago

How about this………do away with public housing all together. Have it only for seniors on fixed incomes far past the child-bearing age. And for those hood rats who move in with relatives or friends, put a dusk to dawn curfew in effect citywide, with consequences if broken.

Stacy Smith
2015 years 8 months ago

I don’t think that’s a skunk you’re smelling. Instead, I believe what you are smelling is in fact the awful stink of your own misery and self- hate. You never have anything positive or even thought-provoking to include on this forum. You always get on here to be cruel,degrading,and just flat-out rude.

Are you some bitter old man? Are you lonely? Do you know God? I really think you should find you something else to do besides spew your maliciousness all over this page. Why don’t you relax and smile more… In other words, GET A LIFE WORTH LIVING FOR YOURSELF, AND LEAVE OTHER’S ALONE WITH ALL OF YOUR STINKING MISERY!!!!!!

2015 years 8 months ago

Amen. Not much more to be said other than while living on tax money, if not in school full time the individual will be assigned to work with city crews doing landscaping, painting, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, heat & air and road construction. There will also be a 5 year time limit to receive benefits. In those 5 years of working alongside the city crews the individual will have learned job skills that he/she can then apply to the real world to get a job and get off tax money.

Don’t show up to work, you are fired and lose all benefits. Get convicted of a crime, you are fired and lose all benefits. Have a child living with you convicted of a crime, you are fired and lose all benefits. Then parents will start to be parents and not use that worn out line of “He was a good kid” full well knowing he was as far from good as could be.

beach here
2015 years 8 months ago

if they stop having so many kidds. stop having them.

2015 years 8 months ago

“Cheatham hopes to address those issues through more funding for things like early education, job-placement programs, and collaboration between law enforcement and community leaders.”

Early education?…what’s earlier than taxpayer-funded, free kindergarten? Job-placement programs?…Start by teaching kids how to dress when applying for a job. If some kid came in to apply for a job with his pants around his knees with his boxers showing…he wouldn’t stand a snowball’s chance of getting hired. Collaboration between law enforcement and community leaders?…That’s happening now.

“Cheatham said they found the youth often lack family structure, good education and meaningful jobs.”

Family structure…until the government stops rewarding females for having kids, they’ll continue to do so. Good education?…kids would get it if they didn’t drop out. Meaningful jobs?…really? Is the City going to go door-to-door asking employers to hire these non-skilled, barely able to write their name, kids?

“He also said he wants to ask non-profits to lead the community to lessen the violence.”

Just exactly what do you expect a non-profit to do? Ask the thugs to stop shooting each other? Hell…each one of their own they kill is one less that we taxpayers have to pay for in prison.

2015 years 8 months ago

is just trying to blow smoke. Tax, it is just as you said and I agree 100%. The government on their own are dumbing down this generation of youth. Political correctness and cowing down to the likes of Al Sharpton and the Jesse Jacksons of the world has been a contributing factor.

The opportunities are there. In fact, a whole hell of a lot more than when I was coming along. There is just not enough self discipline by the ones complaining the most to take advantage.

Why doesn’t the city manager just get a big toilet and flush his ideas, that way they would end up where they need to be.

2015 years 8 months ago

Of course, lets do more funding. Why not? We already fund the entire lives of most the thugs and baby mamas around here. How about funding vasectomy’s and Tubal ligation’s as soon as they are able to breed?

Shamma Lammadingdong
2015 years 8 months ago

It took several forums for this guy to find out what everyone else already knows- “…the youth often lack family structure, good education and meaningful jobs.” By the way, how does racism lead to black on black gang violence, robberies, and assaults? Are these offenders self-loathing?

2015 years 8 months ago

Not so sure if Cheatham is qualified to pontificate on anything, much less on something that’s outside of his area of expertise.

The only reason he still has his job is because Wilmington “voters” are so lazy they won’t even get rid of the current crooks on the City Council, and he’s their errand boy.

Guest Reply Redux
2015 years 8 months ago

Your City Management is a ‘crisis’!

2015 years 8 months ago

waste of time and money