Teens Brainstorm How to Stop Violence

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Mobile County students were brainstorming ways to combat youth violence when a high school sophomore stood up and offered her own tearful account.

Taryn Dooms told the overflow crowd at the Mobile Gas auditorium how her 21-year-old brother died in a carjacking when she was six,
leaving her family shattered.

Her advice: "Dance. Play sports. Sing. But please don't fight. Don't kill. Don't use violence."

The emotional plea came during a town hall meeting sponsored by the Mobile City County Youth Council that brought together elected officials, police and youth ambassadors from high schools across the county.

Assistant Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich says that the county is facing a growing problem with youth violence.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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