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Title:  Stopping Teen Violence

Kids killing kids - America's worst nightmare. From student rampages in suburban schools to urban gang wars, how can we reach violent teens and stop the bloodshed?

"This kid has literally taken his life and flipped it upside down or shall we say, righted it from where it was."--David Gilmore

Turning Around Troubled Teens

The two stories in Hour One of Seeking Solutions show how adult mentors in two very different settings have turned around the lives of troubled teens. The first episode documents how the Alliance of Concerned Men in Washington, D.C., mediated a truce between two gangs whose open warfare had claimed nine lives and terrorized an entire neighborhood. These street guys learn trades, get jobs, and get on a path toward to mainstream. In the second segment, inmates in the Oregon State Penitentiary reach beyond the prison walls to mentor young men on how to avoid sliding into a life of crime. Two public dialogues draw lessons from these episodes.

Crime Quiz

1. Nearly half of all serious violent crime victims are between the ages of 12 and 24.
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1. In recent years, do you think the amount of gun-related violence in schools has increased, decreased, or stayed about the same?

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Transcript from the video clip:

HEDRICK SMITH: Seeking solutions across America: forging a gang truce in Washington D.C....

RICO RUSH: We wanted to stop the killing.

OREGON PENITENTIARY INMATE: We're here for armed robbery.

SMITH: ...and Oregon inmates changing lives.

HARVEY CARON: I got seventeen years in prison. I'm probably going to be here for the rest of my life.

SMITH: Grassroots efforts to reach our youth...

ROBERT WOODSON: If it can happen in one of the most violent neighborhoods in America, then it can occur in every community.

SMITH: ...on episode one of Seeking Solutions.

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