‘Interrupters’ Peek at Social Media to Stop Street Violence

by Jan Ransom (@Jan_Ransom)
January 21, 2018 — read original story

In one Facebook post, two teenage boys posed in a photo with handguns on each of their laps.

In another, a group of young men threatened to attack another man whom they believed had cooperated with detectives investigating a string of robberies. …

… “People who feel they’ve been disrespected on social media will take it to the streets,” said Jeff Butts, director of the Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, who has evaluated violence prevention programs in New York. “It’s about pride and respect.”

Demetrius S. Carolina, (left) executive director of Central Family Life Center, and Mike Perry, supervisor of the True2Life program, look at a map of the Staten Island neighborhoods where they have implemented an anti-violence model that involves monitoring social media sites popular with teens and young adults. Credit Bryan Anselm for The New York Times.

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