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Legislation #: 980830 Introduction Date: 7/2/1998
Type: Resolution Effective Date: 7/9/1998
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBER SIMMONS
Title: Recognizing a state of emergency with regard to teenage homicide in Kansas City and adopting a 10 point plan to reduce teenage homicide this summer.

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
7/8/1998

Immediate Adoption

7/2/1998

Referred Neighborhood Development Committee

7/9/1998

Adopted


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RESOLUTION NO. 980830

 

Recognizing a state of emergency with regard to teenage homicide in Kansas City and adopting a 10 point plan to reduce teenage homicide this summer.

 

WHEREAS, teenage homicide has reached an unprecedented number in Kansas City, with 18 homicides of teenage children reported this year from January 1 through June 23, nearly all by violent means; and

 

WHEREAS, the Council believes that community awareness of this horrendous epidemic must be heightened so that community-based organizations, neighborhood groups and individuals can respond in a swift and strategic manner; and

 

WHEREAS, a 10 point plan has been developed which must be adopted, discussed, initiated and expanded in order to reduce the death rate of children in Kansas City this summer; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section 1. That the Council hereby recognizes a state of emergency with regard to teenage homicide in Kansas City.

 

Section 2. That the Council hereby adopts the following 10 point plan to reduce the death rate of children in Kansas City this summer:

 

1. Parents, stepparents, homemakers, guardians, aunts, uncles, grandparents and concerned adults are urged to form a safety network to protect children from untimely death by violence.

 

2. Community/street-based organizations, faith communities, health clinics, civic/social groups are urged to work together to form a village safety network to watch and protect children and establish safe havens in troubled neighborhoods.

 

3. Adult neighborhood men are urged to step up and speak out to advise children against negative behavior, to support positive behavior and to know children on their blocks by name.

 

4. Community and family members are urged to create a support system for girls and boys who are left to babysit younger siblings.

 

5. Owners of weapons and guns are urged to store all weapons unloaded, separate ammunition from the weapons and use trigger locks. They are urged to remove weapons from homes, where possible.

6. Adults are urged to reduce alcohol consumption and refrain from use of illegal drugs, thereby reducing domestic violence and providing more positive role models for children.

 

7. Adults are urged to organize neighborhood/village meetings to consider the issues of summer safety and child supervision and to sponsor structured games and activities that build awareness skills.

 

8. Adults are urged to set rules, check in times and permitted destinations for children of driving age. Adults are also urged to prohibit their children from picking up strangers, to prohibit the use of drugs and alcohol while driving and advise their teenage drivers about the proper procedures to follow when stopped by police.

 

9. Community centers, churches and neighborhood groups are urged to contact local businesses for donations of bicycles, skateboards, food coupons, movie passes and other recreational items for children involved in community service.

 

10. Community centers, churches and public agencies are urged to provide support to families of homicide victims with proper notification, grief counseling, media rules and assistance with court proceedings.

 

Section 3. That the Council hereby encourages all concerned community groups and individuals to adopt, discuss and initiate the 10 point plan and to contribute their own suggestions for preventing further teenage homicides in Kansas City this summer.

 

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