High school student develop aggressive plan to fight violence

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Students at Aiken High School upset about recent violence have developed an aggressive plan to fight it.

Aaron Pullins knows what violence looks like in Cincinnati. He sees it every day as part of CIRV – The Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence.

"I've been to over 70 funerals in 2013, over 70 funerals, and every one of them was due, every last one that I went to, were due to a homicide," says Pullins.

And Pullins hopes that won't be the case for 2014.

"We hope that we can reach some students early on about the importance of education, and understanding decisions and consequences," explains Pullins.

On Tuesday, Pullins and some Aiken High School students set out to reach the students.

"We're trying to make school safer, we're trying to make the community more safe," adds Pullins.

Through a partnership with the Anthony Munouz Foundation, students and members of CIRV had this week declared "Increase the Peace" week at Aiken.

"I think this will help because a lot of people are scared and afraid and they've never had anyone to talk to, starting with at home, their parents haven't been the best person to talk to," said student Thomas Houston, Jr.

The students came up with the idea, after seeing gangs and violence come too close to them.

"Wherever young people are we want to reach them where they are. We don't want to just work from behind a desk," said Pullins.

Programs and discussions are planned each day at Aiken during Increase the Peace week.

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