PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – From shootings to stabbings, high schools around the country have experienced many tragedies.

The Pittsburgh region is no exception. Now, community leaders are taking a stand against the violence.

April 9 was a day when unthinkable violence unfolded at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville.

According to police, 16-year-old Alex Hribal went through the halls stabbing and slashing nearly two dozen people.

Fortunately, all of the victims survived.

In November of 2013, three students were shot near Brashear High School in Pittsburgh. The attack was said to be motivated by revenge.

Both incidents created confusion, chaos and left people scared and filled with sadness.

Now, community leaders are joining forces in an effort to prevent another tragedy from happening.

The national volunteer organization Black Women for Positive Change is holding a “National Week of Non-Violence.”

“This is not normal. We cannot be numb about this because we have to prepare for our children’s future,” Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds said.

Leaders with the organization joined with Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak to discuss the week-long event, which will be held Aug. 16-23.

During that time, there will be various events set up, but most importantly, organizers want parents to talk to their kids about violence and conflict resolution.

“We need to do everything we can to prepare our children for this world. We need to teach them how to manage their anger, how to talk things out and mainly, how to avoid turning to violence,” Rudiak said.

”Don’t stop caring about what happens in each and every community because it is all our America,” Rev. Carol Milligan said.


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