gang violence

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City leaders say they plan to award $350,000 in mini grants to small community organizations as part of an effort to stem the tide of gang violence.

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Police say they have a 16-year-old suspect in custody in connection with last Friday’s shooting after a Raines High School football game, which left one dead and two wounded.


Violence was a major topic of conversation at Monday’s Duval School Board meeting. Parents showed up to voice concern about the safety of students at Jacksonville’s First Coast High.

The threat of a school shooting at First Coast High circulated on social media during students’ last week of school. Real violence among the school’s students has made headlines this school year.

At the Duval School Board meeting, more than 40 people showed up to hear or speak about First Coast, although nothing about the school was on the agenda.

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Monday night, three Duval School Board members held a forum to try to help people identify the signs of gang violence.

Concerned neighbors met at a church on the northwest side of Jacksonville to talk about how to help kids in their community.

At Zion Hope Baptist Church on Edgewood Avenue, a crowd of about 40 people have gathered to talk about violence. Community organizer Mickee Brown is explaining why some kids join gangs.

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Empowering communities to take control over gang violence is the goal of a public forum happening Monday evening on Jacksonville’s northwest side.

Three county School Board members are leading the meeting.

District 4 School Board member Paula Wright says people should come to Monday evening’s meeting ready to listen and take notes.

Wright said, “We want to enlighten our entire community on aspects of gang activity. And I think people don’t know what to look for, and if you don’t know what to look for, you can’t begin to solve the problem.”

Rumors Fly About Threats At First Coast High

Jun 1, 2015

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Concerns are growing among parents of First Coast High School amid rumors that someone is planning a shooting on campus. Social media posts indicate there will be a gang-initiation shooting at the school this week.

Last week, Duval County Superintendent Nikolai Vitti sent robo-calls to parents' phones that there would be additional police presence and possible searches and other security measures.

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A recent surge in gang violence has Jacksonville city officials scrambling for solutions. The mayor and sheriff are pushing separate initiatives to attack the problem.

Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown made his announcement Wednesday at a Northwest Jacksonville community center surrounded by clergymen.  

“Enough is enough. We are not going to tolerate the violence in our city,” Brown said.

Then, Brown gave a strong warning:

“What’s happening in Baltimore can happen in Jacksonville if we don’t do what we need to do.”