Teens seen running from vandalized vehicles; vehicles are part of a program that helps teens

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MILWAUKEE -- Teenagers were seen running from two vehicles that were shot and vandalized this past weekend -- and ironically, those vehicles are part of a program meant to help teenagers.

The program, "Alice's Garden," hires teenagers from central city neighborhoods. These teens then learn to garden, cook and work at farmer's markets.

Now, officials with Alice's Garden are reaching out in an effort to help the teenagers who hurt them.

Alice's Garden vehicles vandalized

Alice's Garden vehicles vandalized

"My husband said it was probably BB guns," Venice Williams said.

Williams and her husband were woken up in the middle of the night by the sound of gunfire.

"He saw kids running down the alley," Williams said.

In the light of day, they found their truck had been shot. Inside, apples and other produce were covered in glass.

Alice's Garden vehicles vandalized

Alice's Garden vehicles vandalized

This produce was part of Alice's Garden, a program for underprivileged teens.

Shots were also fired into a van belonging to Alice's Garden -- and windows were shattered. The van is used to transport teens to a farm in Port Washington, where they can cultivate produce and visit farmer's markets where they then sell that produce.

Alice's Garden vehicles vandalized

Alice's Garden vehicles vandalized

When she saw all the damage Monday morning, Williams says she had one thought:

"What if these kids who vandalized our property and caused several thousand dollars (in damage) for us were part of our program? What if we could hire them? What if they understood fully what this van is for?" Williams said.

"The van is really important. That's what we load our tools in and bring in our compost," Terrell Taylor said.

Alice's Garden vehicles vandalized

Alice's Garden vehicles vandalized

Taylor is one of 29 teenagers who works at and gets paid by Alice's Garden. He says trouble on the city's streets forces him to keep to himself.

Alice's Garden

Alice's Garden

"They make us look bad as a generation. I just hang with my sister or my family," Taylor said.

"I would love to take (the suspects in this case) to Alice's Garden. There would be no reprimand. There would be hugs. Tell me your story. Tell me what it is you dream about besides shooting things up. We would bring them in, find money to hire them -- because there's so much more you can do, not just with your time, but with your life," Williams said.

If you know the teenagers responsible for the damage to these vehicles -- you're asked to contact police.

Alice's Garden

Alice's Garden

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6 comments

  • there_good_kids

    But the moms will say there really good kids. Bunch of black thugs can respect other peoples property thats why they get shot

  • No Mo Free Chit

    They don’t deserve anything but a good arse wooping. Baby momma’s sitting at home while someone watches their little rachets. Where is their 18 year old daddy with his pants on the ground..thugging around with da boyz…stop the catch and release program and start the beatings and tent cities for these felons bred out of wedlock. Time to clamp down on the city and the un entitlements and get their fat arse off the couch and actually do some work.

  • R

    They’re parasites. All they do is consume from a host. Without government, they wouldn’t have the means to survive. They produce nothing, they contribute nothing, they just consume. They have no appreciable skills and have no desire to achieve any. They will amount to nothing in life, at best. At worst, they’ll hurt or kill someone and waste the rest of their days behind bars, again acting as a parasite to the american taxpayer.

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