Sunday, February 24, 2019
TKC SUNDAY SPECIAL!!! COUNCILMAN AND MAYORAL CANDIDATE SCOTT WAGNER TESTIMONY AFTER KANSAS CITY TEEN FUNERAL SUFFERED MORE GUNFIRE!!!
A 15-year-old young lady student at the Central "Academy Of Excellence" was laid to rest this weekend after she was gunned down after a tragic shooting in the school's parking lot following a basketball game fight.
The teen's funeral service was interrupted another spate of shooting.
In the lead up to the upcoming election, most of the mayoral candidates have been quiet on the topic of rising local violence. This word from the Mayor Pro Tem, who hasn't had much luck fundraising for his effort to take the City Hall top job, speaks to the issue in a way that other candidates have been avoiding.
His words following the incident deserve consideration.
Councilman Scott Wagner Talks Kansas City Teen Funeral
Earlier this afternoon I was at the funeral of the 15 year young woman who was shot at Central High School. Her nickname was "Twin". I had the honor of giving remarks and hoped what I said was somewhat comforting. The end of the service was interrupted by an active shooter which caused quite a panic.
It was a very profound experience as the comments made by Twin's sister, friends and mother was a reminder of the challenges our kids and communities are going through. But most importantly why that violence has to stop. If an incident can happen at a funeral it means a cycle of violence will only continue. We can't allow that.
As I looked around me during this incident I was reminded of the privilege I had growing up (Let's face it, I and my classmates didn't deal with this). I was also reminded why I have to be part of the solution and do my part. I don't mean as a Councilman or a Mayoral Candidate. I mean me. Just like I mean you, too. There are kids who face violence, homelessness and challenges all over this City. They face it everywhere they look and everyone else gets to go home. Do something.
Twin was 15. I can't help her now, but maybe I can help someone else. Maybe you can, too. A few of us who were there talked quickly afterward. We are going to do something. No committees, no task forces, just do something.
A final thought: it puts the foolishness that I responded to in my last post (about Northland road work) in real perspective.
Developing . . .