Law enforcement, schools learn about juvenile homicides in annual conference

Law enforcement, schools learn about juvenile homicides in annual conference

DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - Phil Chalmers, author of the book Inside the Mind of a Teen Killer, spoke to law enforcement from across the Wiregrass Friday for the 7th Wiregrass Law Enforcement Conference.

School administrators and legal professionals also attended the seminar to learn about juvenile homicide and how they can work together to prevent more young people from committing homicide.

Chalmers shared the history of teen murders, including some cases involving juveniles under the age 13.

While law enforcement and school leaders are working to keep students and staff safe, parents play one of the biggest roles in prevention.

"They can give us information, they can give us insight of what's going on in the homes. We need that information to be able to stop some of these things before they happen," said Ozark Police Chief, Marlo's Walker.

Chalmers also discussed how youth culture influences them to kill.

"We're basically teaching kids how to kill with the violent entertainment they consume everyday. There's a break down in family a lot of these kids come from broken homes, they're being bullied at school," Chalmers said.

To learn more about teen homicides or to watch seminars by Phil Chalmers log on to his website at Philchalmers.com. We've provided a link on the write it down page of our website.

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