Respect Yourself Crime Prevention Task Force meets to reduce gun violence and crime
The Bethel Missionary Baptist Church hosted a meeting of the Respect Yourself Crime Prevention Task Force on Monday. The program is aimed at fighting rising violent crime.
Curtis Taylor of the Urban League said gun violence in Tallahassee has become so dire, “there is no silver bullet.”
“This has become an epidemic,” Taylor said. “This is a real war out here. My own granddaughter last year was shot, and thanks to God she survived.”
Reverend R.B. Holmes, is the church’s pastor. He says part of the response is creating a positive association around mental health care.
“Just like you may have high blood pressure or whatever, you need a therapist or medication,” he said. “And so that’s going to be a tremendous takeaway from this task at the end of the day, addressing the mental health crisis in African American communities.”
Holmes introduced three “character mentors” — Gabriel Graham, Jayland Johnson and Caleb Parker — who work at the Bethel Christian Academy Respect Yourself After School Program. Their job is to set good examples for the younger children and encourage them to succeed.