Students, police participate in peace march

By Tom Lehman 6:49pm, March 28, 2014 - Updated 7:37pm, March 28, 2014
VIDEO: MCpl. Anthony Bowers, Douglass Alternative Schools tudent Jose DeJesus and Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams discuss the peace march.
Students from the Brandywine and Christina school districts marched down N. Market Street with police officers and Mayor Williams on Friday to call for an end to bloodshed in the city.

WDEL's Tom Lehman reports...

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MCpl. Anthony Bowers, a school resource officer, helped came up with the march, which concluded at Rodney Square.

"I think our suspects have been younger in age and what we're trying to tell the community that as students and police together, we're tired of the violence," Bowers said.

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Jose DeJesus, a 17-year-old student at Douglass Alternative School who lived in Wilmington and now resides in Bear, walked in the march. He said participating in the event helps show the community that kids and teens want to be successful and avoid dangerous lifestyles.

"The more violence that happens out here prevents a lot opportunities that need to be taken advantage of," DeJesus said.

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Students marched from the 600 block of N. Market Street to Rodney Square, where Mayor Williams encouraged them to avoid criminal activity and embrace their talents and aspirations.

"You are the future of this state, of this city, of this nation," he told the students at Rodney Square. "Don't let anyone steal your dreams."

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