Asking Questions

Toryon Photo by Susan Colangelo
Photo by Susan Colangelo

At this week’s workshop Stitchers Teens and artists worked to generate questions for St. Louis leaders in preparation for the teen-led November 14th videotaped discussion about gun violence prevention, Not Another 1!  Teens and civic leaders will explore ways that they can work together to combat violence and bring peace back to the beautiful city of St. Louis.

High School aged teens who want to participate should contact us at There are still a couple of spots open. Earn $25! Application is required.

The questions included:

How much of the gun violence problem is caused by teenagers?

How much of the gun violence problem is caused by lack of education?

What are ways police can counter altercations without violence?

What is the correct way to react when an officer is approaching you?

What strengths do you see in teenagers that might help you fight gun violence?

What characteristics do police have to have for teens to trust them?

What characteristics make police suspect a teen is a criminal?

What are my rights when I’m approached by a police officer?

We read that more than half of the dead from gun violence in 2015 in St. Louis are under age 25. For us getting around the city is difficult and we can feel trapped in our neighborhoods. Is there a way that teens who are actively engaged in school activities can earn free metro passes to get to jobs, recreational, and educational activities?

What ways can police protect people who want to inform them about crime or gun violence?

How can we have schools run background checks on security guards?

How does dealing with gun violence in your job affect you personally?

For more information: Story Stitchers in the Record

Sponsored by the Institute of Public Health and the Des Lee Gallery at Washington University.

Story Stitchers programs are funded in part by the Regional Arts Commission.