The panel discussion, put on by the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination project, aimed to educate teens about the consequences of violent crime while also serving as a forum for the students to ask BRAVE officials about their efforts to reduce youth violence in the capital city region.

“How can we as a community come together to clean up teen violence?” one student asked.

In response, East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden offered a wide range of remedies, including expressing more love and respect for one another and focusing on emotional control.

“You have to have self-control,” Holden said. “You have to be able to walk away.”