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Ten O'Clock News; Teens and guns


Rebecca Rollins reports that the murder rate in the city is rising. She notes that an overwhelming number of teenagers are involved in these homicides. Rollins interviews teenagers Grantley Payne, Michael Duval, and Pinto Triplett about why teenagers carry guns. Payne says that guns provide protection and grant status to teenagers. Payne and another teenager play basketball on an outdoor court. Rollins interviews Franklin Tucker (counselor) about teenagers and guns. Tucker talks about how teenagers obtain firearms. Tucker talks about the lack of programs aimed at preventing violence. He adds that many teenagers involved in violence come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Rollins' report is accompanied by footage of an African American teenager being treated by paramedics. This tape includes additional footage of Payne and another teenager playing basketball on an outdoor court.

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Ten O'Clock News

Teens and guns

Series Description

NIGHTLY NEWS WITH CHRISTOPHER LYDON AND CARMEN FIELDS Began January 1976. Replaced evening news show EVENING COMPASS. Original host: Steve Nevas. Other anchors, Christopher Lydon (1977-91) and Gail Harris (1983). In 1980 - hour long. Ended in 1991.

(PREDECESSORS: Louis Lyons began news operations at WGBH in 1952. The News at 10 began in 1966. The Reporters premiered in 1970. The Evening Compass started in 1974.) Series release date: 1/1976



Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Urban youth
Boston (Mass.)
News Report
Rollins, Rebecca (Reporter)
Chicago: “Ten O'Clock News; Teens and guns,” 12/19/1990, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed September 24, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_8C621821E7EB40DAB7BE23E12DEDB3EF.
MLA: “Ten O'Clock News; Teens and guns.” 12/19/1990. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. September 24, 2020. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_8C621821E7EB40DAB7BE23E12DEDB3EF>.
APA: Ten O'Clock News; Teens and guns. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_8C621821E7EB40DAB7BE23E12DEDB3EF
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