500 men needed at St. Louis bus stops in effort to protect children from violence

Better Family Life's James Clark wants 500 volunteers to wait with students at more than 200 bus stops from August 13th - 16th, the first week of school in the St. Louis Public School District

August 05, 2019 - 9:59 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - "Quit Tweeting and Facebook posting about the violence and do something about it!"

That's the message from Better Family Life's James Clark as he kicks off his latest effort to protect children from violence. 

Clark wants 500 volunteers to wait with students at more than 200 bus stops from August 13th - 16th, the first week of school in the St. Louis Public School District. He believes just their presence will prevent violence.

"If there is someone who may have some ill intent, seeing some additional people there, the likelihood that they would try to take advantage of a vulnerable person diminishes," Clark says.

One week in June saw four youths die and multiple other children critically injured in unrelated shootings in the city.

Clark is calling it the Neighborhood Net Initiative. They are looking for "men 18 and older" to "secure Safe Passage to young students during the first week of school.

He'll be holding meetings on it from 5-7 p.m. Sweetie Pie's Upper Crust on Monday and Tuesday. You can also call Better Family Life for more inforatmation at 314-381-8200.

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