Beaumont town leaders held an event to “Stop the Violence”

Some of the violent crimes that have happened recently in Southeast Texas have been committed by young people.

BEAUMONT, Texas — There has been an increase in the number of violent crimes committed by teens, and this increase has Beaumont city leaders concerned about the area’s youth and the safety of the community.

Beaumont community leaders came together for a “Stop the Violence” event to help stop teens from committing violent crimes. The event took place at Solid Rock Community Church on Monday.

During the event, community leaders provided food, fun and camaraderie to create a sense of unity in the community.

It takes a village to raise a child, and officials believe it will take a collective community effort to make a difference in the lives of young people in Beaumont. Community leaders said everyone from police to city leaders will have to step in to help end the violence.

Bishop Mark Smith said leaders are considering ways to help both parents and the community.

“We all need to stand up and do more,” Bishop Smith said. “Because what we have done in the past is not enough. Because the violence continues, and so what we need to do is pull together a conservative effort from everyone involved, and work together and come up with alternatives, provide some leadership.

Some of the alternatives include the Youth and Young Adult Fellowship Appliance and other religious and community organizations.

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