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Teens to Grownups: "Please Talk With Us!"

Tom Flanigan

Just days after gunfire took the life of a 20 year old Tallahassee man, young people and grownups met to talk about that and other issues on Saturday, June 8.

The "Wake Up Call" meeting happened in the Godby High School gym. Around 150 were there to hear the thoughts of a panel made up of 9 area high school students. One of them was Asia Alexander, a Florida High 11th grader. She blamed an old-fashioned communications gap for at least part of the problem.

"Our generations are totally different!" she remarked following the panel discussion. "What they (the adults) used to do, we don't do now. They need to know the new way of how we do things so they can connect with us a little more and know why we're doing the things we're doing."

It was a message that the adults, including State Attorney Jack Campbell, seemed to hear loud and clear.

"We need to do a better job of reaching out so that they can call me and each of us, like their guidance counselors and school resource officers; all the different people represented here today."

The two 15 year olds arrested for last week's Sharer Road shooting are facing adult murder charges. Investigators say it all began with a dispute over 50 cents in change.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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