Fayetteville Police Take Anti-Violence Message to the Airwaves
Posted April 22, 1999 7:00 a.m. EDT
HOPE MILLS — Police are trying to encourage students to help other students stop the violence, and they are taking their message to the airwaves.
Fayetteville Police Sgt. Steve McIntosh is using his weekly television show, CPTV, to talk with students about the tragedy in Littleton, Co.
"I'm sure if students in Denver had support and encouragement, they would have thought twice before they went and did something like that," said student Tovahn Scott.
Police say they are doing the show because it is important for students to hear what other students have to say. They realize they cannot prevent school violence alone.
"What better way for youth to listen to what they have to say than by one of their peers reporting on the issues that effect the person most," said McIntosh.
SomeSouth View High Schoolstudents say they feel safe at school.
They asked students who may be watching to be alert and not to feel like a snitch if they have concerns about a classmate.
Even with all the security measures in place at South View, they told McIntosh more programs to help students deal with stress could be beneficial.
"I think if we do that, our students will have another way to channel stress other than resorting to violence," said student Jessica Ratley.
Ideas and thoughts police hope will provide solutions to violence in schools.
The show will begin airing May 6 at 7 p.m. It can be seen on Fayetteville's community cable channel 7.