Religious leaders, ex-gang members meet to solve crime problem - KSWO 7News | Breaking News, Weather and Sports

Religious leaders, ex-gang members meet to solve crime problem

LAWTON, Okla_Church leaders, ex-gang members, police officers and even a mother of a victim of one of this year's homicides gathered at City Hall Friday evening to talk about how to solve the crime problem in Lawton.

In addition to the prayer walks and music programs that churches in the community have utilized to get the youth off the streets, the meeting also focused on the importance of better parenting, and the idea that everyone must make a commitment to work together to really see change.

The meeting started off with a prayer and proceeded with strategy. People from all walks of life spoke up with suggestions on how to help the youth of the community make better choices.

Amanda Sosa, a young woman concerned about the youth in the community, expressed the problem in Lawton seems to be the lack of positive options for the youth.

"There's nothing to do. We go from growing up as small children to being able to play on playgrounds to being teenager to where all we have to do is parties. You know, we still want to have fun but you know there's not really a way we can do that positively," Sosa said.

Admittedly she said teenagers are difficult, but she said there is a way to deal with them.

"You really have to give them an ultimatum, like, 'Yeah, partying is fun, but what positivity are you getting from that? What do you want from your life?' "

There were people from all walks of life, young and old, in attendance. It was clear the commitment to solving the crime problem in Lawton is strong, and as several people were over heard saying, as the participation grows, the crime will most definitely drop.

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • After years of dejection, proponents of gun laws see hope

    After years of dejection, proponents of gun laws see hope

    Saturday, February 24 2018 10:35 AM EST2018-02-24 15:35:23 GMT
    Saturday, February 24 2018 6:59 PM EST2018-02-24 23:59:25 GMT
    The progression has become numbingly repetitive - mass bloodshed unleashed by a gunman, followed by the stories of the fallen, the funerals and mourning. (Source: AP Photos)The progression has become numbingly repetitive - mass bloodshed unleashed by a gunman, followed by the stories of the fallen, the funerals and mourning. (Source: AP Photos)

    "Our kids have started a revolution:" Teens' activism after Florida school shooting has some hopeful for action on gun policy.

    "Our kids have started a revolution:" Teens' activism after Florida school shooting has some hopeful for action on gun policy.

  • NRA, Florida faces backlash after latest school shooting

    NRA, Florida faces backlash after latest school shooting

    Saturday, February 24 2018 4:36 AM EST2018-02-24 09:36:41 GMT
    Saturday, February 24 2018 6:58 PM EST2018-02-24 23:58:53 GMT
    (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File). FILE- In this Feb. 15, 2006, file photo, BlackRock headquarters is shown in New York. U.S. companies are taking a closer look at investments, co-branding deals and other ties to the gun industry and its public face, the ...(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File). FILE- In this Feb. 15, 2006, file photo, BlackRock headquarters is shown in New York. U.S. companies are taking a closer look at investments, co-branding deals and other ties to the gun industry and its public face, the ...

    NRA faces corporate backlash after latest school shooting.

    NRA faces corporate backlash after latest school shooting.

  • Congress releases redacted, declassified Democratic memo

    Congress releases redacted, declassified Democratic memo

    Saturday, February 24 2018 4:45 PM EST2018-02-24 21:45:36 GMT
    Saturday, February 24 2018 6:57 PM EST2018-02-24 23:57:49 GMT
    The White House objected to its release Feb. 9, citing national security concerns. Democrats have since negotiated with the FBI on what should be blacked out.The White House objected to its release Feb. 9, citing national security concerns. Democrats have since negotiated with the FBI on what should be blacked out.

    Congress has released a redacted, declassified memo that aims to counter GOP allegations that the FBI abused government surveillance powers.

    Congress has released a redacted, declassified memo that aims to counter GOP allegations that the FBI abused government surveillance powers.

Powered by Frankly