Crime prevention town hall raises question over plan of action

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Students and community leaders gathered at the second regional Youth Town Hall on Violence Monday night at Susquehanna Township High School.

The panel made up of Harrisburg-area youth spoke of several topics related to crime among teens.

Topics included drug abuse, relationships with authorities and fights started on social media.

Then came the question of the night:

“What is the plan of action?” said one attendee. “There is a lot of talking, but what are we doing after this?”

Most agreed that steps taken after the town hall would take a team effort.

“If it were up to me, I would appoint an elected official to each school throughout the district,” one panelist said.

Steelton Borough Council President Jeffrey Wright says the borough is ready to take action.

“Set forth an effort to go up to the school district and meet with those kids to address and speak about some of the topics that were discussed here tonight,” Wright said.

Some progress has been made since the first town hall in January.

At Harrisburg High, the city is getting closer to implementing a hotline that will allow people to call and provide information that could help in many ways, including giving the heads up about a situation or a dispute that could escalate out of control.

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