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Each month the D.C. City Council holds a youth hearing. The latest was supposed to focus on education, but quickly shifted to a more urgent issue.

Council Chair Vincent Gray asked the first panel for input on how the government can prevent future violence among youth in the District in light of a shooting late last month that killed four people.

Markus Bachelor is a youth mayor though the Mayors Youth Leadership Institute and a junior at Thurgood Marshall Academy. He lives just a mile from the shootings and appreciates getting a chance to share his perspective, because he says, government does not always listen to young people.

But especially on a lot of different issues the youth are really looked over when it comes to decision making: When it comes to education, recreation centers, things like that.

Bachelor says he'll convene a summit this summer of various youth groups and discuss the violence among other things. For his part, Gray asked that Bachelor return to the Council with the findings.

Peter Granitz reports...

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