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North City high school students speak to mayoral candidates about crime

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Students at Northwest Academy of Law High School talked about solutions to crime with mayoral candidates Monday. Credit: KMOV Students at Northwest Academy of Law High School talked about solutions to crime with mayoral candidates Monday. Credit: KMOV
NORTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -

Monday, students at Northwest Academy of Law High School hosted a forum with city leaders and law enforcement to discuss ways to reduce violent crime.

Many of the students used the forum to plea with city leaders to help them fight violence and feel safer in their own neighborhoods. Mayoral candidates were also on hand.

"They mayoral candidates are here," said Vivica Johnson, a senior at Northwest. "We asked them to come and help us get answers on how we can change our community."

In the last two months, the school has lost two students to gun violence, Toni Stevenson and Damani Aitch

“This is very important to us since we’ve lost two great people we love so much. We’ve been talking about this for months now,” said Johnson.

Those on stage said they were impressed how engaged the students are in their community.

“They care about public safety issues in our city, poverty issues and access to jobs and opportunities. As adults, we need to understand that,” said St. Louis Aldermanic President and mayoral candidate Lewis Reed.

The students invited mayoral candidates because they wanted to know what they would do make their streets safer.

The students said they plan to reach out to the candidate who wins and hold them accountable for what they said in the forum.

The primary election will be held on March 7.

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