youth violence http://michiganradio.org en This is doing more damage to Detroit than a hundred drug murders could have http://michiganradio.org/post/doing-more-damage-detroit-hundred-drug-murders-could-have <p>By now, millions know the story.</p><p>Thirteen days ago, on the east side of Detroit, a ten-year-old boy darted in front of a truck driven by a middle-aged tree trimmer named Steven Utash. He couldn’t help hitting the child, whose leg was broken.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When </span>Utash<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> got out to check on the boy, a mob beat him so severely he nearly died. He was in a medically-induced coma for days, and may end up with permanent brain damage.</span></p><p>All that is horrifying enough, but there is one additional terrible detail which is the main reason the story has gotten national attention.</p><p>The tree trimmer was white. His assailants were all black. And I can tell you that this is doing more damage to Detroit than a hundred drug murders could have. This may be more devastating to the city than Kwame Kilpatrick ever was. People are used to crooked politicians of all colors, shapes and sizes. Detroit had white mayors who wound up in prison long before Kilpatrick was born. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:29:03 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 17230 at http://michiganradio.org This is doing more damage to Detroit than a hundred drug murders could have Michigan student safety hotline awaits final vote http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-student-safety-hotline-awaits-final-vote <p>DETROIT (AP) - Supporters of a statewide student safety hotline modeled after a Colorado program established in the wake of the 1999 Columbine High School massacre hope to clear a final hurdle once schools resume.<br><br>Gov. Rick Snyder signed a budget bill this month that includes money to develop and run the OK-2-SAY hotline for anonymous reports of threats and violence. But the green light to launch it requires legislative action by Michigan House after lawmakers return in late August.<br> Sat, 13 Jul 2013 15:54:00 +0000 The Associated Press 13518 at http://michiganradio.org Learning a new way to defuse youth violence in Michigan's cities http://michiganradio.org/post/learning-new-way-defuse-youth-violence-michigans-cities <p>Two dozen Flint teenagers will be in Lansing this week learning leadership skills. Sat, 23 Jun 2012 20:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 7994 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan clergy members discuss ways to reduce youth violence http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-clergy-members-discuss-ways-reduce-youth-violence <p>A new group is trying to organize clergy members statewide to address the problem of youth violence in Michigan.</p><p>The group Prophetic Voices gathered a Christian, Muslim and other religious leaders to a meeting in Lansing this past week.&nbsp;</p><p>Reverend Ira Edwards is the spokesman for Prophetic Voices.&nbsp;&nbsp; He says youth violence is hurting more than just young people in Michigan.</p> Sat, 28 Apr 2012 20:15:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 7230 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan clergy members discuss ways to reduce youth violence