Police, psychologist weigh in on kids being exposed to violent culture on crime scenes

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 25, 2015)-- Crime scene tape, police lights and emotions running high--that was the tone on the scene of Tuesday's quadruple murder on North Harding Street. It was a scene many children are commonly exposed to.

"I saw children as young as three years old being brought to the crime scene yesterday. Do you understand the psychological trauma we're causing we're having on our community when we're bringing our children, it starts a cycle, another generation of violence in our community. We can't have that," said IMPD Chief, Rick Hite.

With the level of crime in the city hitting highs in 2014, youth group leaders say many of the kids who are trying to stay on the right path have been directly impacted or exposed to violence.

"When kids are around and there's police cars and ambulance they know something bad has happened and so therefore to have the kids around them when all this is going on it really affects them bad," said Reverend Malachi Walker of Young Men, Inc.

Child and adolescent therapist, Jessica Hood says the impacts on children can be long term as they become desensitized to crime.

"Statistics show that children who are exposed to violence--whether its media, school environment, home environment or their community are twice as likely as adults to be violent in their adult life," said Hood.

And in order to mold our children into a brighter future Hood says parents need to keep them away from a culture of violence.

"Children need to be loved. Children need to be safe. So we need to foster that type of culture for children which means we limit their exposure as much as humanly possible to violence and negative ways of resolving their problems," said Hood.

Some local youth leaders do believe it's important for teens to attend marches in prayer vigils as more a of teaching moment about making better decisions in life.