Shot. In 68 percent black Macon, Georgia, gun violence is almost exclusively a black problem. [MACON RESIDENT IS TIRED OF THE GUN VIOLENCE IN THE CITY, 41NBC.com, October 19, 2017]:
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Residents want answers about what happened to Jayvon Sherman.
The teenager was shot and killed while walking to school Thursday morning. Sherman was walking through the walkway at the old Winship School on Beech Avenue.
Roderick McGee was a student at the old Winship School. He said the only way violence will stop, is starting with parents.
“I think it has to be a more parent base influence on this thing right here. It’s too many kids getting killed out here on these streets everyday,” McGee said. “Everyday you look at the news, it’s another kid getting killed. It has to stop somewhere and it has to start at home with the parents.”
McGee said kids should be able to walk to school without any issues.
“It’s just about this excessive violence that’s out here, you know what I’m saying. These kids is on black on black crime. You can’t keep blaming it on the white folks because we killing each other,” he said.
David Gowan, Director of Safety and Security for the Bibb County School District, said counselors were sent to Central High School to help students who are grieving.
“A young person is not used to dealing with death and anytime a tragedy like this happens. We want to make sure to provide that mental health counseling they will need to help cope with the loss,” Gowan said.
McGee said this situation is an eye opener.
“You can’t walk these streets safely anymore. You can get shot at any given time, just like that young man got slayed down this morning. Really it’s all about the parents getting involved because the police can only do so much. It’s about these parents getting these kids. It’ll be too late when you draped over the coffin hollering about what you coulda’ did. You shoulda’ did it then.”
Chaser. Because of this gun violence problem in the black community, a unique “community” event was started…[‘Guns Down, Water Guns Up’ events aiming at community fun, safety: Some Central Georgia leaders are encouraging kids to put the guns down, by picking up another type of gun — a water gun., 13WMAZ.com
MACON, Ga. — On Tuesday afternoon, Ferguson Park was quiet, but on Friday, that will change.
“The event is called ‘Water Wars’ because we’re going to be using water guns to have a good time,” says event organizer Nyke Hill.
Hill says he’s planning a big water gun fight for people in Warner Robins. The point is to put real guns down and pick water guns up.
“It’s to raise awareness for gun violence and all the violence that’s going on. It just seems like a fun way to bring the community together,” says Hill.
He got the idea after seeing a video of an event in Atlanta. “I want to show everyone that the younger generations can come together without any incidents, just having fun,” says Hill.
And he’s not the only one. A group of young men in Macon is planning a water fight, too.
KJ Lott says he and his friends were inspired to plan a good, clean, fun water war for Macon after a street party shooting this month left several injured and two dead.
“We don’t really have events like this in Macon where all ages can get together and have fun and show love to one another,” says Lott.
Lott and his friends say there will be no weapons, no water balloons, no alcohol, and no drugs allowed at their event.
Hill says he just wants to bring back “the good vibes” to Central Georgia.
“My mom used to bring me to this same park, so it’s like I remember times when the parking lot used to be full and the cars used to be going up and down Elberta, and I’ll be thinking, ‘Why don’t we have days like that no more?'” says Hill.
The first “Guns Down, Water Guns Up” event is at Ferguson Park in Warner Robins this Friday from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. It’s free and also includes activities like kickball and water slides.
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Because of High Rates of Black on Black Violence in 68% Black Macon, Georgia, City Hosts “Guns Down, Water Guns Up” Event