Teens ages 12 to 18 took part in the Gun Violence Prevention and De-escalation training camp at Benjamin Franklin High School in Spring Garden on Friday
The effort is a joint initiative of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and the Philadelphia Police Department aimed at giving teenagers the tools to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
“Somebody has to do something to make sure that our children are not only able to protect themselves, but that they can save each other if the system fails them,” said Christopher Stith of Phi Beta Sigma.
The campers were taught everything from conflict resolution to stopping bleeding when someone is shot.
Organizers say it’s not lost on them that such a camp is even needed.
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