Spotlight shines on juvenile crime in Tulsa
|Updated: 3/26 9:54 am
||Published: 3/25 9:11 pm
Jermaine Savory, Damian Anderson, and Frankie Jackson are the teens police say murdered Robert Horton on Saturday around 6:00 in the morning.
All three are 17 years old. In January, Hank Laird, also 17, was charged with killing his mother Linda. In December, 14 year-old Joshua Mooney was arrested for murdering a woman in Jenks. It’s fair to ask, what's going on in the Tulsa area when it comes to violent crimes and teens? “I don't think it's more of a problem in Tulsa than in other cities our size,” David Grewe said. David Grewe would know. He's the Director of Counseling at Youth Services in Tulsa. He says in each of these cases it appears the teens had serious problems long before they were arrested for taking someone's life. “The sooner you can intervene when a youth is having problems the better the outcome.” It appears two of the three teens arrested Monday already had an intervention of some sort. Tulsa Public Schools confirms to FOX23 that Jermaine Savory dropped out of school two years ago, Damian Anderson attended Phoenix Rising which is a detention program at the juvenile center, and Frankie Jackson dropped out of Street School, a school for teens who are a high risk to drop out, less than two weeks ago. “They do a good job of wrapping services around at risk youth. Phoenix Rising works a lot with youth in the juvenile system, and Street School tries to bring kids back to education who have dropped out.” As these arrests show, no program can keep every at risk teen out of trouble. FOX23 did call the state Office of Juvenile Affairs to see if there has been an increase in juveniles committing violent crimes in Tulsa County. They are putting together that data, and FOX23 will share it with you soon. Youth Services does offer counseling for children and parents who are dealing with a number of issues for a small co-pay. For more information about Youth Services, click here: http://www.yst.org/yst/Counseling.asp
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