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Forum Discusses Youth Violence

By Peter Biello

Wilmington, NC – The Second Annual Forum on Youth Violence takes place this evening, bringing together parents and community members interested in curbing youth violence.

The first open forum on school violence was held last year after Kimberly McLaughlin-Smith heard of gang violence in her daughter's school. Three shooting deaths since the summer have city officials concerned about gang activity.

McLaughlin says this year's forum focuses on bringing together those who can solve these problems.

"Who are the people who can affect change? And if I'm a concerned parent who has a kid who is not a gangbanger, what do I do to soothe some of the fears in my child when I have to send them to school every day?"

The Second Annual Forum on School Violence takes place tonight at 6:30 in the WHQR gallery.

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