Orange County leaders join forces to stop youth gun violence - FOX 35 News Orlando

Orange County leaders join forces to stop youth gun violence

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ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

After two teenagers were shot in Orange County less than a week apart, leaders are looking into just how the shooters are getting those guns.
 
"I will tell you, the greater issue is children being able to get in their possession firearms," said Dr. Barbara Jenkins, Superintendent of Orange County Public Schools.
 
In a multi-agency news conference, leaders from the Orange County Sheriff's Office, Orlando Police Department, the State Attorney's Office, and the school district gathered to address the issue of guns getting into the hands of young people.
 
"In most cases they're probably getting them right out of their own homes if not their homes, that's where they're keeping them, and that's why I'm saying to the parents, know your child," said Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings.
 
On Sunday, a 15-year-old girl was shot in Pine Hills during a drive-by shooting, then last Wednesday, 17-year-old J'Morian Bell was arrested after deputies say he shot another student West Orange High School student.  That victim was also 15.
 
"What will happen if your child uses that weapon in a crime? If they just have it in their possession, you can expect to visit them in prison for every birthday until now and the time that they're in their mid 20s," said Jeff Ashton, Ninth Circuit State Attorney.
 
Orlando Police Chief Paul Rooney also urged parents to monitor their children's behavior online.
 
"We all need to talk responsibility the parents need to monitor the social media," Rooney said.
 
Deputies say they have made two arrests in connection with the 15-year-old who was shot on Sunday.

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