Stitchers Youth Michaela on KSDK

Screen Shot 2020-07-02 at 7.44.08 AM

60 children have been shot in the City of St. Louis since the start of 2020

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Youth Council member Michaela was interviewed by KSDK reporter Robert Townshend on July 1st, 2020 about the high number of children shot in St. Louis in 2020.

Michaela said, “When you own a gun, you’re supposed to store it away properly.”

Since Jan. 1, at least 60 under the age of 17 have been shot — 12 of them, fatally, according to data collected by 5 On Your Side. In all of 2019, 14 children were shot and killed.

“It’s a very big concern. This should not be our reality. This should not be something  people become normalized to,” Michaela said.

Unloading and locking your gun can help to keep children safe. Free gun locks are available year-round at St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and at City Hall.