CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - More than 7,000 people are part of the Channel 3 Facebook fan page. In light of the Saturday night shooting at Coolidge Park, we asked them to discuss their ideas for getting rid of the gang problem in Chattanooga. Some of their comments are below. These comments belong to the user and not WRCB. You can add your comments below or at
Callie Belk Christ back in schools
Put in a local community center that can be used free of charge and get the kids and parents involved in the upkeep and use of it.
put discipline back in school--we didn't have this problem when i was growing up-perhaps that would wake some parents up and they will begin to recognize it's not harmful but helpful...
Get a real, working, and dedicated police chief who's concerned about the safety of the citizens, and not how much money he can get out of them.
I'm with Arlos 100%....
Put discipline back into the home as well as the school
Hire more officers who are willing to fight crime and get rid of the ones who are lazy, incompetent and involved in illegal activities themselves.
Let parents punish their kids.. Not saying my mother caused me, but if i argued with her i got punished.. A lot of kids now days don't have respect or authority'
cops that worry about shootings and stuff that end up being bad like last nights shooting, besides of worrying about skateboarders, bikers, etc. that dont do anything, it seems like that is their #1 worry lately
when i was growing up, lived in Iowa, i lived in a gang related neighborhood it was aweful. The YMCA up there opened their doors for the kids to get off the streets, they let the kids do everything the YMCA offered swimming, weights,etc..they even had a seperate room for a DJ to play music and they can go in to dance like a club..I wish there was ... See Moresomething like that here for the children, i believe if there was it would get lots of kids off the streets and it only cost $2.00 to do it all . I went all the time. never missed a night..
Put Christ back in schools LOLOLOLOL. That would definitely not work. I will tell you this, If I were in school and they were teaching Christianity, I wouldn't even go. Maybe we should offer gang and violence prevention classes at school instead of beating us over the head with abstinence. Which is worse, Teenage pregnancy or innocent people being brutally killed? I second the police chief comment as well.
Kids get into trouble for several reasons.. but boredom and peerpressure are real concerns. There needs to be more community centers and churches with after school programs, classes taught there and in school about self respect, and real decision making skills. They need to learn acceptable behavior and what is considered right and wrong. Parents ... See Moreneed help too! Maybe set-up parents groups with someone there to give advise and guidance for those needing it. How bout setting up a "ride along program" with the police and EMS of the county ? No better way for children to learn then to see it first hand. When I was in HS we had to visit a morgue as part of my Health class.. now there's an eye opener! But to this day I still remember it..
when they are caught , don't let them out right away, make them work it off, dont make bail so easy, anymore they get caught, they know they serve anywhere from 10-30 days , get 3 meals and visits, the they are out. Where is the punishment? They know they wont be punished, so be afraid of breaking the law....get authority in there who isnt afraid of making the law stick.
Make parents more responsible. If an underage kid has a gun, make the parent accountable, tie school attendance and success into welfare, drivers licenses, as well as crime, even petty ones.
Not to offend anyone but..I am so glad that my daughters school STILL has corpral(sp) punishment in extreme situations ONLY..but their reward system is so awesome I dont think they've had to punish anyone that way in years..I know my daughter's behavior has gotten so much better in the past 2 years she's been in grade school & her grades are ... See Morebasicly all A's..the teachers are wonderfull & really help each child in the best way they can..if more parents would get involved with their childs education instead of just sitting in front of the tv all day eating bon-bons..maybe the kids would actually start enjoying their school work like mine is..& to the parents that work during the school day..sit down with your kids in the evening & help them do their homework,or watch them do it but be sure & ask them questions on how their day went & so n them you care!
your a genius josh lol rofl. lets listen to his idea
Neither one is a good thing
People in neighborhoods (especially male pastors and leaders) need to be role models and take their communities back. It`s an unfortunate cycle and while it would be great for parents to parent. many of them are kids themselves and don`t know how.

We need to teach abstinence and that sex is not the answer to self-worth. Babies born out of ...
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...and cops who do their jobs...
in Elgin, IL they have a program where polive officers and their families move into crime ridden areas where citizens have voiced a need and desire to help push out the crime. does chattanooga offer programs like that? I am thinking their housing was paid for by the department.
Obituary printed in the London Times - Interesting and sadly rather true.

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:...
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- Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
- Why the early bird gets the worm;
- Life isn't always fair;
- and maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement. Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, I Want It Now, Someone Else Is To Blame, and I'm A Victim

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing
Put Prayer and Bible reading back in school and don't make it so easy for kids to drop out. We do have some good cops when they try to make kids do right they( the cops ) turn out to be the bad guys.
There needs to be more for our youth to do. We should have more positive things for them. Sports centers and youth centers. We need to remember one love.
To me, if they are determined to inflict chaos and safey issues on the general society, put them in boot camp so they can really see what combat is all about and then ship them where they can be combative with a purpose! Our soldiers are dying for the love of our country and these guys are dying for the opposite. I'm just saying...
Should have happened about 15 years ago ,but everyone had their head in the sand
I agree Kristi, and the programs should not have crazy joining fees either. That is alot of the reason so many kids are left to occupy themselves, because parents can't afford to pay them.
Terrance Simmons The sad news there's nothing that outsiders can do. Gangs AND Klans have been here even before I was born its just know that its affecting our tourist $ and now all of a sutton its"what can we do?" NOTHING!! but Hope that we dont become a victim