Recent Fighting In One Jonesboro Neighborhood Is Raising Eyebrows

May 12, 2005 -- Posted at 9:30 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO -- Larry Hunt is pulling double duty.

First, as Pastor of Fisher Street United Methodist Church, but more recently, as one of the neighborhood's peace keepers.

"Probably 2 or 3 times a week I'm out here.  For the last three weeks, talking to the kids trying to keep the fights down," said Hunt.

Pastor Hunt says the increased fighting on church property and around the corner is going on after school .

"Part racial, part of it is kids just wanting to fight, but it's bigger kids beating up on little kids," said Hunt.

A fight in the area as recent as Thursday is prompting some members of the community to stand up against those pushing others down.

"The next step is for us to see this as a serious situation that needs to be dealt with, and put an officer here, or from the Success school, send someone down here," said Hunt.

"We plan on having a meeting to find out what's going on between the time they go to school out there, to the time they gather here at the corner on the street and that's where it starts mostly," said Rev. Dr. Charles Coleman.

Director of the Success School Karen Curtner says she is aware there are problems.

"She says, we monitor this campus as much as we can--but we don't have the staff to go down the street," said Curtner.

As for police they say they have a zero tolerance policy for violence!

"They come to school, they leave, they need to go home and not fight in between. If we come in contact with them, and we need to make an arrest, we will. They need to understand that even though they are juveniles, they will go to jail," said Lt. Roy Coleman.

Pastor Hunt says he had the opportunity to leave this neighborhood, but he chose to stick around for the adults and children who need it most.