Community calls for end to violence


Saturday, January 19th 2008, 6:55 pm
By: News 9


By Jacqueline Sit, NEWS 9

Community leaders in the metro are calling for an end to gang violence like the shooting earlier this week at Putnam City High school.

In celebrating the life and legacy of Doctor Martin Luther King Jr., the Divine Wisdom Task Gang Ministry, county, state officials and local residents showed up second part of the Silence the Violence Community Summit in an effort to curb gang violence in Northeast Oklahoma City.

The ministry includes former gang members like Ty Rogers.

"It's too much potential loss once you're in jail," he said. ‘There's no guarantee that you'll make it home."

The Rev. Theodis Manning supports the summit and says the purpose is to find solutions to get a handle on gang violence in their community and steer their children toward the right path.

"We need to come together right now and the kids are not the problem," Manning said. "I feel that we, as responsible adults, have not come together to make things better for our children."

Manning is also asking the community to support a 40-day pledge to put down weapons and stop fighting. 

A non-violence pledge rally will take place at 10 a.m. Monday a tin Douglass High School.