Fighting crime on social media

2015-08-26 11:32
The group will make contact with residents and their peers by means of Social Media.

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samantha lee

The group will make contact with residents and their peers by means of Social Media. PHOTO: samantha lee

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Four Rocklands teens are setting out to make a difference in their community by combatting social ills.

Lucan, Lauren, Miche and Keegan are at the forefront of a campaign aimed at getting the youth to stand up against gangsterism and drugs in Mitchell’s Plain and also all other areas affected by gangsterism. The four have been friends since primary school and grew up exposed to gangsterism.

Youth Fighting Against Crime – the name of the campaign – is aimed at the younger generation, technology and social networks started the initiative, says Lucan.

“We are all on [a popular] Facebook page and one day Lauren inboxed me about starting something like this,” he says.

This was in June. Since then the group has been gathering support.

Although slow, the group believe it will pick up as time goes on.

“We are starting small and building from there,” says Lucan.

Lauren adds that a teacher at their school are among their supporters.

“We do not want to do the same old petitions and marches. We are young and we want it to be different. We want to host pep rallies and flashmobs,” she says.

They believe that there can be an end to gangsterism.

“The reason this has become a big problem is because no one has done anything about it so far,” says Lauren.

“We want to make a difference but we cannot do it alone,” says Lucan.

He believes that many do not want to get involved because they are afraid.

“We all just need to stand together. We need to say ‘we are youth but we have had enough’. We want this to be a safer place and a place where we can raise our children,” says Lucan.

The group plan to hold a community meeting and will communicatefurther details in due course.V

Get intouch with the group by visitng their facebook page: YFAG

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