EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOV.com) – A city familiar with violent crime, East St. Louis is moving forward by launching a “40 Days of Non-Violence” program.
Since the program began two weeks ago, a man has been shot and killed following an argument.
News 4’s Brittany Noble-Jones spoke to children from East St. Louis to see how crime impacts their daily lives.
“I see people getting killed by gas stations, in their house or other places,” said one boy.
Another child told Noble-Jones he is afraid to go outside to play football because there was a drive-by shooting on his street.
When asked if she thought the “40 Days of Non-Violence” program was working, one girl said she did because it was getting kids out of the streets.
Each week of the program features a new topics, including health, professional development and college, which leaders hope will change attitudes and violent behavior.