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Northwest students taking action against violence, asking mayoral candidates to join

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Students at Northwest Academy of Law are taking action against violence and asking soon-to-be city leaders to join them.

Northwest students told News4 they are sick and tired of violence taking over their neighborhoods. 

“People don't realize that guns is the main problem in our community,” said junior Tyrone Anton. “It's like people show off guns everyday on Facebook and they think it's so cool.”

Anton said two years ago his father was murdered because of gun violence. He said violence across St. Louis needs to stop.

“I was wondering why I was being picked up from school, but I didn’t think nothing of it. I was talking to my sister in the car and I was telling her how I was going to call my father and ask him if he could buy me some shoes. And then, when I got home, I see sadness in everyone’s face and I asked, what’s going on? And my mother told me 'your father was shot and killed last night' and that was the worst day of my life," said Anton.

Anton, along with other Northwest students, are taking action and asking potential city leaders to join them in fighting crime and making them feel safe.

Northwest has suffered tremendous tragedy recently.  Toni Stevenson, 15 was murdered on Thelka in January and 17-year old Damani Aitch was killed in December.

Students also said two of they’re classmates were shot and injured.

Some of these students said they're too scared to walk outside in their neighborhood.                

In a YouTube video, the students asking the mayoral candidates “How are you going to help us?”

“I lost two good friends, and I was getting to know them more and more as the days go by,” said senior Vivica Johnson. “Our community right now, we lack the attention. Nobody cares about us. So I think if we know that other people cared, I think we would just succeed as a whole. Now people don’t want to send their kids to our schools, so its like out community is just dropping every day.”

The staff at Northwest said so far Tishaura Jones, Antonio French, and Jeffery Boyd are the mayoral candidates who’ve agreed to do an open forum with the students on February 27.

After our report, Lewis Reed also agreed to be there.

They also said Lyda Krewson has seen the YouTube video and they're waiting for her response.           

All mayoral candidates made campaign promises to fight crime. 

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