The recent stabbing death of a 13-year-old boy on an MTA bus in Staten Island has sparked growing concern over teenage involvement in gang violence. Syles Ular, described as a kind and smart teenager, was working with the mentorship program True 2 Life to stay away from street activities. However, on Friday, a 14-year-old suspect fatally stabbed Ular in the chest on the bus. The NYPD Chief of Patrol John Cho stated that the motive behind the attack is believed to be gang-related.
This incident is not an isolated case, as another incident occurred just hours before the Staten Island stabbing. A 17-year-old girl was caught in gunfire during a gang-related shooting near a public school in Brooklyn. The bullet struck her ankle, and authorities emphasize that such incidents have been happening outside of school premises.
The city is taking steps to combat street violence, acknowledging that it is an ongoing battle. Mike Perry, a survivor of street violence and member of True 2 Life, expressed determination to continue mentoring young people. The 14-year-old suspect in the Staten Island stabbing is now facing charges including murder and manslaughter.
Efforts to save young lives from the dangers of street violence remain a priority, despite the challenges faced.