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Youth Town Hall meeting
ESCAMBIA COUNTY -- If the adults can't fix it, maybe the kids can. A string of recent violence in Pensacola has motivated Pensacola's Youth chapter of the NAACP to address the problems in a town hall meeting this weekend.
They'll be discussing the recent shootings in pensacola and come up with solutions to end the violence.
This meeting is strictly for the youth in Pensacola. Adults are allowed to attend and listen, but they have to stay quiet and let the kids speak up.
Fourteen-year-old Leah Robinson was standing with her mom at Kenteyonna Anderson's vigil when shots were fired. It's a day she will never forget.
"It's supposed to be rest in peace. In peace. I would never think that would happen," said Robinson.
For Robinson growing up in one of Pensacola's hardest hit areas is tough. She's always looking over her shoulder.
"When we walk in the streets we have to be careful. We have to make sure you're in the house at a certain time," she added.
She's not alone. Most of her friends feel the same way.
"Sometimes when I'm getting off the bus I'm feeling kinda scared," said Leon Davidson.
Robinson and Davidson are tired of the violence, tired of all the funerals, and tired of seeing memorials pop up around Escambia County. These youths are standing up and trying to make changes.
"If you hear something happen to a young person, you should come forward. Don't be scared," said Robinson.
The meeting this weekend is designed for the youth to voice their concerns and also come up with solutions. Everyone will have a chance to speak.
The meeting is Saturday, October 26. It starts at 1 p.m. at the West Florida Public Library. And if you can't find a ride there, you're asked to call Rodney Jones, who is facilitating the meeting. He can be reached at 619-5755.