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5 video snapshots featuring 5 police & youth on how to achieve life success


 

Keeping kids in school and off the streets is one of the best ways to prevent crime. Unfortunately, suspension and expulsion are often used to discipline minor offenses in schools. These disciplinary actions result in a missed opportunity for learning and create a recipe for greater misbehavior and crime. But this doesn’t have to be the case.

In an effort to mobilize the community and make positive changes for youth—particularly boys of color—Jackson, Mississippi’s law enforcement leaders, Jackson Public School District and students and educators at Wingfield High School held a Teen Town Hall to discuss positive approaches to school discipline that would keep students in school and on the track to graduation and life success. The forum allowed law enforcement members and educators to engage in candid conversations with minority students about education, youth-law enforcement perception and school disciplinary tactics.

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Wingfield High School students Christopher Thomas and Tremaine Whittaker listen to their fellow students share personal testimony about Dr. Killins and the Phoenix School of Leadership and Careers—a program that directs students who may otherwise be suspended into activities that foster leadership.

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Hinds County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Chris Picou listens as Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance discusses the importance of law enforcement showing up for young people before something wrong occurs.

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A panel of Wingfield High School students and Jackson law enforcement leaders listen to audience members share their ideas about how law enforcement can work with the school to keep students in school and on track for graduation.

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Town Hall attendee Von Anderson speaks about the importance of programs – like the Phoenix School of Leadership and Careers – that focus on skill building, such as coding and other tech-based vocations, and stresses the importance of Mississippi graduates being employable upon graduation.

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Dr. Killins, principal of Wingfield High School, speaks about the Phoenix School of Leadership and Careers and how Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and Restorative Justice are impacting the culture of the school.

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Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Mississippi Project Director George Patterson leads a discussion at the Wingfield High School Teen Town Hall around creating a community that reinforces positive behavior for young people.