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Leaders from Cleveland draw crowd to forum on youth violence

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Posted at 4:00 PM, Apr 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-07 16:00:52-04

A forum on youth violence attracted more than 50 people Thursday night in Cleveland.

The Cleveland NAACP hosted concerned neighbors at the Greater Friendship Baptist Church on Arlington Avenue. Speakers included Ginn Academy founder Ted Ginn, Dylan Sellers, organizer of the “Protect our Babies” movement, Amanda King, founder of Shooting Without Bullets and former Prosecutor Duane Deskins, who is now the city’s Chief of Prevention, Intervention, and Opportunity for youth and young adults.

Some speakers spoke about the need to reduce access to guns. Ginn said teens in Cleveland need better education.

"There’s nothing written saying we have to love our kids and have love and passion for our kids,” he said. "All we do is required to give them lunch and to pass tests and things like that, and I think that's where we’re losing our kids.”