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Silver Lining Found

Matthew Jones's mom has help for other parents

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Shannon Davis-Jones has plenty of other things to do in the wake of the 2004 fatal police shooting of her teenage son Matthew Jones. But now the mother of the troubled teen has begun a new foundation and she's hosting other parents of problematic children for an open house discussion featuring a prominent consultant from Oregon. This coming Monday, May 1, Davis-Jones and Dore Frances, a family counselor with Horizon Family Services in Bend, and Dr. Bart Hill, an emergency-room phsysician with St. Luke's Regional Medical Center will meet with parents in a discussion about how parents might better handle children who have problems.

"Since this has all happened, we've found there are quite a few resources, but word doesn't get out to the general public," Davis-Jones said. She describes the event as by, for, and about parents. "Trying to get through this thing has been difficult at best," Davis-Jones said. "But if we could save one family from going through what we did, we've done our job."

The free event is Monday, May 1, at the Boise High School Auditorium, from 7p.m. to 8:30p.m.