Rutledge Announces Breakfast to Combat Teen Violence

Event will raise awareness of violence, promote safety in Washtenaw County schools
Wednesday, February 23, 2011

LANSING – State Representative David Rutledge (D-Ypsilanti) today announced plans to hold a multi-faith Prayer Breakfast this Monday, Feb. 28, to discuss the issue of teen violence and the best ways to take action to prevent violence in our schools. During the last year, there have been a number of violent acts in Washtenaw County schools.

“Cracking down on teen violence is the key to keeping our kids safe in schools,” Rutledge said. “Research tells us that most teen violence incidents occur during school transitional times: immediately before or after school, or during lunch breaks. As a community, we must recognize the role we play in encouraging teens to make healthy, safe non-violent choices.”

The Prayer Breakfast will be held this Monday, Feb. 28, at the Eagle Crest Golf Club in Ypsilanti from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Breakfast will be provided.

The event will be co-hosted by Rep. Rutledge, the Washtenaw County Ministerial Alliance, and other faith and community leaders in the Washtenaw area, and is sponsored by Eastern Michigan University and AT&T. Speakers will include local law enforcement leaders, school district superintendents, and other community leaders. Discussion will focus on the current conditions in our local schools, and ways the community can work together to prevent teen violence in the future.

For more information or to RSVP attendance, please contact Anne Brown at (734) 218-4257 or abrown@house.mi.gov.