WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Officials with the Wilmington Police Department are reporting that children as young as 10 are now being recruited for gangs in the Port City. In an effort to stop that and prevent gun violence in Wilmington, they are launching a new video campaign that illustrates the horrific impact of gun violence.
The video, which was created by Project Safe Neighborhoods, follows two characters who are involved in a shooting at school. One character in the video shoots a person and the second character simply holds the gun for the suspect after the fact. The video shows how both characters are arrested, taken to jail and sentenced in court.
WPD spokesperson Linda Rawley said they chose the video because it is relatable and interactive. It pauses frequently and asks discussion questions. Rawley said they screened the video over the summer for a pilot group and it was very successful. She said the kids asked questions and seemed to learn a lot.
"They asked a lot of questions, they didn't know a lot about the legality," said Rawley.
"Something as simple as knowing that someone has a weapon and holding it for them, you [can be] implicated, and they were able to see from the video that the young people who just stood there saw it and witnessed it also became a part of the situation. In the video, one person was sentenced for just holding a gun."
Rawley said it's important to start educating children about gun violence at a young age.
"It is important for us to educate young people about the dangers of possession handguns when they are being used in the wrong way," explained Rawley. "It is so important that we educate them to protect them, and their friends and family and everyone around."
Their goal is to show the video to at least 1,000 young people by the end of the year. Rawley said they plan to go to schools, youth groups, boys and girls clubs and other organizations.
If anyone wants to have the video shown to a group of their students all they need to do is contact the police department.
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