CAVE group organizes to stop area violence

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CAVE group organizes to stop area violence

By CATHY CARTER HARLEY charley@beaufortgazette.com 843-986-5512
Published Sunday, September 28, 2008 in The Beaufort Gazette  |  383 Words  |  features/lifetimes

In 2008 in Beaufort County, there have been six deaths involving firearms -- four of those were between the ages of 22 and 17.
Beaufort County Councilman Herbert Glaze, also the assistant principal at Beaufort High School, has organized Citizens Against Violence Everywhere, to work with the community and parents to stop violence and deaths.
"Within the past year there has been an increase in gun-related deaths in the community of youth," said Ed Allen, Beaufort County deputy coroner, who noted that many of the deaths today are connected with drugs and the change in our community.
"Gun safety is one aspect of prevention, but, also, parental involvement in children's activities is key."
CAVE was formed "to stop the funerals and save the children," Glaze said.
"Because of what they are doing with all this violence and crime, we have to do something, because if we don't, those who are doing it will think it is all right."
Community meetings are planned throughout the county with umbrella groups like Parents Against Violence Everywhere.
"Parents must take control of their kids. If they don't have a job, and you see them with all this money, then you know something is going on," Glaze said.
The group will also hold anti-violence demonstrations under the Demonstrate Against Violence Everywhere umbrella to tell them society will not have this violence. The group will also be seen in various parades.
Glaze plans to promote the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Crimestopper program through area churches.
"My objective is to meet with every pastor of every church in Beaufort County and explain to their parishioners to commit this number to memory when you see a crime or suspicious person in your community, you call this number," Glaze said. "People are more apt to listen to their pastor if he physically puts the card in their hands.
"It's not a Burton, Bluffton thing or Grays Hill, it's everywhere in Beaufort County."
The first meeting brought representatives from all areas of the county. Meetings are planned at each community in the county.
The next meeting is tentatively scheduled at 6 p.m. on the second Sunday in October at possibly James J. Davis or St. Helena Elementary School. Details: 843-812-3102.