Coming together to stop crime

I imagine you were as shocked as we were that four Moss Point teenagers, one age 14, two 15 year olds and a seventeen year old are charged with killing a Lamar County man.

Michael Porter had stopped at a Moss Point convenience store to get directions to the stadium where his grandson was playing in a football game. One of the four youths charged in the murder case is reported to have said he shot Porter because he needed some money.

While everyone is innocent until proven guilty, a shooting like this makes us all wonder what has happened to our youth today.

But before you write off the youth of today, look at what students at Moss Point High School are doing. They are speaking out about violence in their community. They are raising money to send to the family of the victim. They want the public to know that youth are opposed to violence and want a crime free city.

In fact, we believe the city and civic leaders of Moss Point could learn a lot from these youth. We hope they will continue to work together with the rest of the community to find ways to reduce crime in Moss Point.

The problems facing Moss Point won't be solve in one meeting, but if the whole community unites and works together at least they are on their way to creating a safer community.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to, or post your comments below.

David Vincent
WLOX-TV Station Manager