Blytheville's juvenile office striving to end violence

(Source: Raycom Media)
(Source: Raycom Media)

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - A guest speaker visited Blytheville Friday to help make a change in youth violence.

Mississippi County is wanting to see improvement in youth violence, according to intake officer Darrell Turner.

Friday, the juvenile office in Mississippi County hosted an event to combat the problem.

During the event, law enforcement and health professionals gathered to learn how to intervene in the lives of children.

They learned how to approach children from different economic standings and social environments.

Sometimes children have PTSD from their home lives and this can lead to trouble, according to Turner.

"If we can get them doing positive activities after school, during school, and get them a mentor, hopefully we can stop it before it gets to a point where the police officer calls me in the morning saying, "hey we've got this juvenile who's committed this charge."," Turner said.

Turner said a council is being created called TEAM (Teach, Empower and Motivate) to bring a creative vision to create ways to punish delinquents other than throwing them in jail.

The main goal of the justice office is to better service the youth in Mississippi County.

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