PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Eyewitness News learned the Philadelphia School District plans to pay community members to keep children safe on their way to and from school as the gun crisis continues. Both the young and old weighed in Thursday night and offered their own solutions, including the police commissioner and district attorney.

It was a packed house Thursday night as community members came together to help solve the gun violence crisis that’s plaguing the city. It was a call to action that received dozens of answers.

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“We said come tonight for solutions,” Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said. “Solutions and this room is packed.”

State Rep. Stephen Kinsey organized the public safety meeting held at MLK High School Thursday night.

From Outlaw to District Attorney Larry Krasner, Kinsey says every level of government was in attendance to hear from residents.

“We need to return to the community-style policing and police officers need to be accountable to the community,” one man said.

The meeting comes just hours after the Philadelphia School District rolled out its safety plan to curb violence around corridors.

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“There was a shootout near a school my friend goes to and I was worried about her safety,” Jhadae Sterling, a Parkway Northwest High School Student, said. “She was texting, ‘if something happens to you, I love you,’ and I was really scared and I just thought this needs to stop.”

Government Officials, Community Members Organize Meeting At MLK High School To Discuss Gun Violence Crisis In Philadelphia

The plan is meant to help and includes increasing police presence in high-risk high crime areas at the beginning and end of the school day, and using trained civilians to work around school perimeters.

“I agree with the idea of patrolling, but I’m not entirely sure that it should be with police,” another young girl said. “I think it should be with people that are already a part of the community.”

Joe Budd agrees. He’s with Men Who Care of Germantown and came to this meeting with a solution he says has already been proven.

“The goal is to build relationships and then we can bring resources,” Budd said.

Government Officials, Community Members Organize Meeting At MLK High School To Discuss Gun Violence Crisis In Philadelphia

While solutions won’t be immediate, the goal of the meeting was to maintain an ongoing dialogue between residents and elected officials.

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So far this year there have been more than 430 homicides.

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