(News/Talk 1480 WHBC) – The violence in our community is unacceptable!

That’s the message social service providers, police and members of the community will deliver during a juvenile call-in session concerning issues of gang-related gun violence and violent street crime in Canton and Stark County.

Reverend Walter Moss with the Community Initiative to Reduce Violence says they will deliver a clear message to juvenile offenders on probation and parole who have been identified as having an affiliation with violent groups and gangs that the violence must stop or they’ll end up behind bars, or worse.

“We don’t want to see them get in trouble and have to go to jail, or get killed or kill someone else,” said Reverend Walter Moss.

“So we need them to help us spread the message throughout Stark County that we’re tired of the violence.”

He says juveniles at the call-in session will learn that if they don’t abstain from violent behavior they’ll be aggressively pursued and prosecuted.

And he says they will also learn that help is available for those who decide they want to better themselves and live a healthier, more productive lifestyle.

The Reverend says communities usually see a drop in gun violence after holding a call-in session.

The call-in session will be on Friday, June 28th at the Stark County Family Court.