Social Activist, Doctor Stephen King, has asserted that teen pregnancies are contributing to youth violence.
He indicated that because teen parents and do not possess the needed skills to raise their offspring, it contributes to the problem.
Acknowledging that the problem is multi-faceted, King told the Times the situation has a lot to do with the disconnection of the youth and their poor nurturing.
He said that in order to address the situation, there is need to return to the issue of how young people are nurtured.
“A wanted pregnancy, a well loved person in a pregnancy, good early childhood nurturing so that a child is not brought up in an environment where he or she is exposed to vulgarity and wickedness but is brought up in an environment in a healthy environment,” King explained.
He also spoke of the need for a school environment that teaches children how to acquire the right skills and make the right decisions in life.
“The moral and value setting and the ability to use those morals and values in decision making,” King told the Times.
However he noted that the way the education system is currently set up, that is not the objective.
King spoke of the need for community mechanisms for employment and justice.
“We need to know that when there is an altercation in the community, there is justice and conflict resolution that can be applied rapidly and the communities become the policing and take ownership of their environment and resolution of problems,” he asserted.