St. Louis high school students organize peace summit

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by Stephanie Baumer / KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on November 8, 2013 at 7:41 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 8 at 4:47 PM

(KMOV.com) -- A group of high school students have organized the first ever Urban Peace Summit in north St. Louis City.

Annually students from Northwood Academy of Law attend the Crime Summit held in St. Louis in September and felt that it wasn't speaking to them, so they decided to organize an event better suited for them.

The goal of the Peace Summit is to figure out how to stop the cycle of crime, drugs, gangs and violence in St. Louis.

Organizers of the event are also hoping that social media will play a role in giving students a chance to communicate and have their voices heard more often than just at a yearly summit. 

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said students walked away from the guest speakers with questions and potential answers about how to prevent crime.

"There were kids that got up and offered themselves as role models," said Dotson, "That's the conversation we need to have. Crime isn't just an enforcement problem, a police problem. It's a community problem."

Dotson and Mayor Francis Slay both agree the first step in stopping crime is gathering input and help from the younger generation.

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