Juvenile court sees increase in youth gun violence

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – It can be something as small as a Facebook post to light the fuse.

A teen gets angry at someone else and when they confront the person there isn’t just a fist fight – instead there’s a shooting.

That scenario may seem far-fetched, but according to Davidson County Juvenile Court Judge Shelia Calloway, it is a reality.

“A lot of times I don’t think the youth is aware of how serious the consequences are when they decide to pick up a gun,” Judge Calloway said. “We see it in court. They get caught with a gun or for shooting someone and they don’t get the lifetime change it’s going to be for them.”

Judge Calloway took the bench two years ago. She is the mother of a 13-year-old son and knows the issues teens face in Nashville.

“We as adults have to do a better job of teaching our youth how to resolve conflicts without using violence,” she said. “A lot of times children fight about very trivia things.”

She continued, “I think about the times when I was young and the things I fought about, but back in the day we didn’t have access to guns.”

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