In Her Own Words: Plummer's Mother Addresses Community
The mother of Shawn Plummer, the teen who was shot and killed on Beach 29 Street last week, showed her strength and courage last weekend, addressing an auditorium full of locals and sharing her grief with the community.
With the support of family, community leaders and those who came to share her sorrow, she addressed an audience at PS 43 prior to the march against violence in honor of her son.
Sharon Plummer talked about the son she lost, the violence that took him and shared advice with other parents in the community.
Among those joining her were Councilman James Sanders Jr. and Rockaway NAACP president Ed Williams. These are her words.
“For all who knew my son Shawn, you know he was a good kid – family oriented, well-caring, a leader. A lot of children, a lot of others would come to him.
“The message I’d like [to give] you, you ought to listen to – and I know this is what Shawn would have wanted. I’m doing this [march] for him. The vengeance is not for another child to get shot; another father, mother or anybody to have a funeral for their child.
“Shawn is 18, not 17…. I’m really proud of him. Very proud of him and I want to say to you parents with your child – I know I brought my kids up right. I brought my kids up right and for those parents who have their children, they are the futures of tomorrow. When we leave, they should stand up as our children.
“As I said, I would like no more violence. We’re going to do this [march] in honor of Shawn.
“Every one of us, we’re the community. This is our community. These are our children.
“These are our streets. Parents, you need to know where your children are. What they are doing. It’s hard, but we need to keep track of our children. I’m from Jamaica and they say in Jamaica ‘it takes a village’ to raise your child. ‘It takes a village’ to raise your child. Not only a mother and a father – these are our children.”