It’s been a rough couple of days for young people in Delaware County.
And guns have been right in the middle of it.
Teens and guns. Not a good connection.
First came reports of a big spike in violent incidents at Upper Darby High School. The issue came to a head when a fight that started at the high school spilled outside and involved a non-student. Shots were fired. A school had to be locked down. Police and school officials huddled to seek a solution to the issue.
Two teens have been shot in separate incidents in Chester since Saturday.
And this morning we are reporting on what police say was a drug deal gone bad in Darby Township that ended up with one teen shot and another under arrest. Charges are pending in that case.
If you see a common link in these stories, you’re not the only one.
The first is guns. There was a time when kids settled disputes with their fists. Not anymore. Guns seem to be the weapon of choice these days.
The second is drugs. The drug issue is intertwined in many of these cases.
It’s an issue that begs for a solution.
What do you think, Delaware County. What is the answer to kids, drugs and guns.
We already know it’s a toxic, violent combination.
Now what can we do about it?