Atlanta Community Members Want To Stop Teen Violence 12-10-2010 - CBS46 News

Atlanta Community Members Want To Stop Teen Violence 12-10-2010

It's been one month since 18-year-old Bobby Tillman was beaten to death at a party in Douglasville.
Tillman's mother, Monique Rivarde, said her son loved to play basketball.
Rivarde can't believe her son can no longer shoot hoops, because of his senseless killing.
"It hurts as a mother that I can't have Christmas or Thanksgiving with my son because someone felt they had the authority to take his life away," said Rivarde.
The mother said some days she can't get out of bed because she imagines her son's last thoughts.
"Did he cry? Did he feel it? It's hard: no parent should have to feel what I'm feeling," said Rivarde.
Her constant sadness is the reason she's joining community members to roll out their peace plan, to help end violence among teens. Morehouse School of Medicine Professor Dr. James P. Griffin is leading the effort.
"I'm really tired of seeing on the news every weekend there's been another killing, stabbing or beat-down," said Griffin.
The peace plan encourages schools and churches to implement violence prevention programs such as anti-bullying at all age groups, starting with pre-kindergartners.
"A lot of the reason why people don't adopt these programs is they're foreign to them," said Griffin.
The professor acknowledges this plan could cost schools money.
But Rivarde hopes it will prevent another senseless death of a child.
"I think any child that can stomp someone to death, like they did to my son, there's a disconnect there, something is missing and we want to find it and re-connect it," said Rivarde.
A spokesperson from the Georgia Department of Education said they will take a look at the peace plan as a resource.
The department also has an anti-bullying policy schools must implement.
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