Church camp addresses kids' concerns about violence

By Maggie Hockenberry

Published 07/28 2014 05:43PM

Updated 07/28 2014 06:14PM

CHAMPAIGN -- Children are reacting to recent violence. Jericho Missionary Baptist Church is giving them a chance to record their feelings. WCIA-3's Maggie Hockenberry tells us how their messages are being heard in the community.

"People are scared to walk outside, walk their dogs, go exercise because they are scared they are going to get shot or killed. That's wrong."

"One day, I want to be a judge for those lost in gun violence."

These are the voices of kids speaking out about gun violence. The Jericho Baptist Church gave them a chance to write about it.

"What I'd like to see that would change and what would stop the killings and stop the violence."

When you think of summer camp, you don't think of essays, but Life Line Camp wanted to give kids a chance to be heard.

"Like I'm scared something may happen to someone I know or I'm close to and, like, it's a bad feeling."

Their teacher says now is the time to talk with them.

"Those are the ages when they begin to get involved in gang activity perhaps or their lives are impacted more than the younger children."

Never thinking of the impact violence has is something the girls focused on.

"People that are doing the wrong things, they never think about the family and their feelings."

Although Ellerbe was the teacher, they taught her a lot.

"They have a lot of input to say about what goes on in their community. They spoke from the heart. I was brought to tears many days."

There were 63 students this year ranging in age from 11 - 13 years old. Church leaders are always looking for future volunteers.

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