Director of Mobile Public Safety Responds to Recent Youth Violence – WKRG News 5

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Three arrests in Mobile, in the space of three days. All suspects are under the age of 17.

Crimes committed by these teenagers include gun violence and fighting.

On Wednesday, the Mobile Police Service arrested a 16-year-old in connection with a shooting in Get Air on September 3. Last Monday, mobile police arrested two girls aged 14 and 16 after a fight broke out inside Williamson High. School.

Two adults were also arrested in connection with the fight. Instead of trying to solve the problem verbally, they brought guns to the school campus.

Mobile Police Director of Public Safety Lawrence Battiste said the community has been making efforts lately to reach out to our young people.

Battiste said it was time for young people to appreciate themselves more and place more importance on their future.

“We keep talking about the ability to resolve conflicts without weapons,” Battiste said. “When these young people think the only way to solve their problem is at the end of a gun, nothing good comes of it. Innocent people often end up being hurt because of it, and especially, the person pressing the trigger on the other end of the gun has basically ruined a very good chunk of her future as she moves forward.

In recent months, the city of Mobile as a whole has pushed efforts to try to address youth violence. Battiste said the young people in our community need to meet them halfway.

“We need our young people to understand that conflicts can be resolved in many different ways,” Battiste said. “And, probably the most powerful weapon anyone could have ever had was their voice. So if they’re downplaying their voice because they have a gun, they’re just turning the light on what could be.

Battiste said it’s time for parents to get involved in their children’s lives if they aren’t already.

“Parents need to let their kids know that they love them and that they’re going to be involved in what they’re doing and they’re not going to put up with madness,” Batiste said.