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"Each pinwheel represents a child's innocence," Ryan Walker, Pea Ridge Police Chief, said Monday afternoon speaking to those gathered to place 380 pinwheels on the lawn at the end of the driveway to the police station. Walker said there were 380 confirmed cases of child abuse in Benton County last year and that's 380 too many. He said child abuse takes away a child's innocence.

"We will keep on until there are no cases of child abuse," Walker said.

Benton County Judge Barry Moehring proclaimed April 2018 as "Child Abuse Prevention Month in Benton County for the Children's Advocacy Center of Benton County's Cherishing Children Pinwheel Rally.

Several students from Pea Ridge joined police officers, Walker, School Resource Officer John Langham, and Fire Department Chief Jamie Baggett and Capt. Josh King

Middle School peer mediators and their sponsor, Tina Robinson, placing pinwheels were Delaney Busby, Reilly Ingram, Dayton McLeroy, Braidon McCarley, Riley Robbins, Ava Little, Madison Smith, Alyssa Rickman and Kiowa Morris.

Pea Ridge High School ambassadors and their sponsor, Amanda Childs placing pinwheels were Audrey Owens, Gage Main, Heather Keener, Michayla Sanchez, James Patton, Harmony Reynolds, Nina Reed and Dakota Head.

General News on 04/04/2018

Print Headline: Think of the children

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