• Teens, city leaders meet for 'Hear Me Out' teen listening session

    By: Tony Atkins


    School, crime and jobs were just some things on the minds of people who went to the "Hear Me Out" session on Saturday morning.

    These concerns didn't come from homeowners, or politicians. They came from teens.

    About 120 teens spent their Saturday morning at Union Grove Baptist Church making their voices heard.

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    They had the ear of several city leaders including Mayor Jim Strickland, the district attorney and school board members.

    “Sometimes, young people are the last ones we speak to. So, we wanted to turn that around,” Strickland said.

    Mayor Jim Strickland said after three "Hear Me Out" sessions, he's getting a clearer idea of what needs to be done to cut crime.

    ”They want things to do after school. They want summer jobs,” Strickland said. “One young lady said she thinks the reason her friend break the law and commit crimes is because they don't feel loved, appreciated or have guidance."

    City officials told FOX13 this is the third of four sessions. Each of the three public sessions hosted over 100 teens.

    The next and final session will be held at Bloomfield Baptist Church from 10 a.m. to noon on Feb. 11.




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