Jetti Ridley, a mom, went to Cornerstone Baptist in Arlington on Sunday with questions. "I'm not sure how I would have reacted if my child had been at Timberview," Ridley added. "How can she be safeguarded if she's in the presence of such things?" The Faith and Blue Community Event was held in the church and focused on having a discourse about preventing youth gun violence.
The event was Arlington Police Chief Al Jones, who has made it his mission to reduce tensions between police and the public. Gun violence among teenagers is still on the rise, according to the agency. Homicides are down, but gunshots are up, according to Arlington police. "This year, we've had 16 homicides. The bulk of those homicides have got committed by people under the age of 18," Jones said. Arlington police have captured 116 firearms since April.
Investigators are linking the firearms back to car burglaries in nearly half of Arlington's gun theft cases. "We have to figure out how to get these guns out of the hands of these kids and prosecute and hold accountable those who provide these guns to these youngsters," he added. The discussion on Sunday comes less than a week after the massacre at Arlington's Timberview High School.
Timothy Simpkins, an 18-year-old student, is accused of opening fire in a classroom following a fight. Both a 15-year-old kid and a teacher were shot and sent to the hospital. A bullet grazed yet another student. Simpkins' parents allege that he got bullied at school.