Mentor discusses teen violence following fights at high school football game

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – After a series of fights at a Saturday football game in Montgomery, a woman believes there is a deeper problem among teens that can’t be solved with curfews and policies alone.

Debra Caldwell, Executive Director of the Dutchess Diva and Gents Youth Club, works closely with MPS students daily. She thinks part of the reason is that they don’t get enough attention from loved ones back home.

“I think they miss a lot of love,” Caldwell said.

Caldwell mentioned that community plays an important role in a child’s life, saying it takes a whole village to raise them.

“As individuals, we need to stop turning a blind eye. We have to look at and deal with the problem head on,” she said. “We know this is happening. We know it exists.

She added that another problem is that young people have been easily swayed by social media, saying they are no longer sure of their looks.

By teaching young people self-confidence, the mentor believes he can help them not to resort to violence when faced with conflict.

“They will have more to look forward to than give in to negativity,” she said. “Teach them how to stand up to a bully without unnecessarily laying hands on someone or invading someone’s space.”

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