Birmingham teens begin non-violence campaign

Birmingham teens begin non-violence campaign

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

For two years, Birmingham city leaders have asked teens to sign a pledge saying they will not commit a violent act for 100 days. It is called the 100 Days of Non-violence campaign. City leaders say the campaign has been successful and they are doing it again this year.

Birmingham Councilman Jay Roberson says the past two years they have done this program in Birmingham, they have not had anyone under 18 die from a violent crime. That is why Roberson says this campaign works.

The campaign kicked off this morning at Parker High School. Students listened to personal testimony from a former gang member who said 25 of his friends died because of violent crimes.

Parker High School Principal Cedric Tatum says if they can get students to practice that behavior for three months, it should become habit.

"We want to just remind them what their civic responsibilities are to one another. Teaching them how to solve problems without using their hands and when you have the support of the city council's office and other community members, it just lets the kids know we care," said Tatum.

During the program, students will have service activities on Friday and Saturday nights that will help keep them out of trouble. The 100 days on non violence will end on MLK Day with a big celebration.

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