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Black Leaders Demand Action on Youth Violence

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Two brazen acts of youth violence over the past week have some Boston civic leaders calling for a strategy to deal with the growing number of children caught up in the violence.

Three boys, ages 11 and 12, were wounded over the weekend in what police say was a gang-related shooting in Roxbury.

On Monday, two high school girls were stabbed on an MBTA bus in Dorchester.

Reverend Mark Scott is with the Ella J. Baker house in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston.

"This is not an isolated thing. It's two different neighborhoods, two different communities. So those two incidents happening you know right one behind the other says to me that we have to speak out on this."

Some community activists worry that the increasing numbers of crimes against young victims have left residents numb to the violence.

This program aired on October 23, 2008. The audio for this program is not available.

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