SOUTHEAST SIDE — One mother’s choice at a community meeting Wednesday night said more than anyone else in the room.
Sara Anderson brought her 13-year-old son Jase to sit front and center for an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department community conversation on the southeast side.
“I wanted to seek some help for my son,” Anderson said.
The meeting was a chance to have a frank talk about crime in the area and how to prevent it.
“(One) victim was 16 years old. I arrived at that scene and saw a child laying on the street that was two days younger than my youngest child,” District Commander John Conley said.
It was comments like that that Anderson wanted her son to hear.
In January, Anderson’s nephew DeShawn Ward was murdered in a robbery in Haughville. Since then, Jase hasn’t been the same. He’s been getting into trouble in school and acting out.
“He’s having a really hard time because that was (like) his big brother,” Anderson said.
To Jase, the words he heard may not sink in right away.
“I didn’t want to come,” Jase said.
Still, it’s a move by his mom to do something before it’s too late. She hopes other parents will do the same and seek out resources to keep their kids away from a life of crime and on the right path.
“Don’t stop fighting, no matter how much it embarrasses you or your children. Do not stop fighting,” Anderson said.
If you’d like to follow Anderson’s lead, there are two more community conversations in the coming weeks. You can find more information here.