Opinion: What can be done?
According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, black men in their 20s and early 30s without a high school diploma are more likely to be in prison than at work. Now comes another tragedy: St. Petersburg police Officer David Crawford is dead. The person accused of being the shooter is Nicholas Lindsey, a 16-year-old African-American who lived in St. Petersburg's Midtown.
Here, we have six ideas on what can be done — and by whom — to stop the violence, keep teens out of trouble and headed down the path toward becoming productive members of society:
DeVere Beard: Use education to keeps youth engaged
Chad Jones: Take a holistic approach
Vicki Lopez Lukis: We must intervene early
Canaan McCaslin: Let youths know they can beat the odds
Darryl Rouson: Affirm our children's value
Irene Sullivan: Schools, community and parents have vital roles in stopping youth violence