Parents, Kids Come Together for Gun Violence Forum in Miami

Town hall discussion at school where girl shot on school bus attended

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    Parents and children came together for a gun violence forum at Palm Glades Charter School, where shooting victim Lourdes Guzman-DeJesus attended. The forum was organized by State Representative Kionne McGhee.

    The parents did the listening and the kids did the talking at a gun violence forum in Miami Thursday night.

    Heading the discussion at the forum, called "Saving Our Children From Gun Violence," was State Representative Kionne McGhee.

    "Do you know who has the gun? Where is the gun?" McGhee said to a crowd of 100 plus at Palm Glades Charter School. "A simple conversation in five minutes can change the lifestyle of this whole community."

    This town hall meeting came nine days after 13-year-old Lourdes Guzman-DeJesus was shot and killed on a school bus. Police say the shooter, a student from a different school, was showing off a gun he brought from home.

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    Family and friends gathered Monday afternoon for the funeral of Lourdes Guzman-DeJesus, 13, who was fatally shot on a private school bus in Homestead last week. Relatives Waldermar Arent and Manny Torrez spoke about her, and State Rep. Kinney McGhee spoke about her mother.

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    There was a moment of silence for the Palm Glades student, then her classmates talked about how to avoid another fatal gun accident, like this one.

    "I think parents should get more into their kids," one student said.

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    About having a gun at home, one teen said, "Have it in a safe place. Make sure your children know not to touch it."

    "Maybe even have random backpack checks to make sure everybody's safe," another student added.

    The kids talked a lot about bullying. They also mentioned a possible solution: parents being more involved in their lives.