How do we curb teen crime?

By Cody Holyoke - bio | email

Montgomery, Al. (WSFA) -- They're the people that will carry society forward.

Last week's murder of Brenda Sherard, 53, however, raises serious questions about where the next generation is headed.

"They need to do something to prevent it," exclaimed Trinity Taylor, 14, of Prattville.  Taylor is one of those people concerned by the news of late.

He himself used to get into heaps of trouble--even had to visit the district attorney once.

"When you do something, you want to be noticed by your peers and other people. You want to fit in," Taylor explained.

How do you work to keep kids out of trouble?

Already, some businesses are imposing curfews to prevent any late night scuffles.

Then, there are organizations like the Boys and Girls clubs--but you'll be hard pressed to find many teens attending voluntarily.

"I would feel so much better in my heart if the kids would come at will--before they get in trouble--because there are so many things they can do here that are positive," said Felicia Bates of the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Central Alabama.

Parents say it may be a hassle at times, but asking questions and setting limits may be the best bet.

The underlying theme, of course, is that moms and dads stay involved with their kids' lives.

"Now, [my son] feels more comfortable telling us what he's doing during the course of a day," explained Herman Taylor, Trinity's father.

Though it may not be a foolproof recipe for success, it worked for the Taylor family.

Trinity is now getting good grades and staying out of trouble.

A future he wishes his peers would follow.

"Before you do what you say you're going to do.  Just take at least 2 seconds to think about it," Trinity Taylor said.