"The point of today's activity was to come to the table and have a courageous conversation, like you would normally do if you were at home around your kitchen table," said Mayor Deborah Robertson.
It wasn't about gun control, Roberts said. Rather, it was about starting a community conversation about how to use resources to best deal with violence, she said.
Rialto had a violent crime index of 4.78 in 2011, about half of San Bernardino's.
"This was not the end. This is just the beginning. Today was not designed to come up with any concrete solutions," Robertson said.
"I think it is important for us to find out what people are thinking and what their concerns are" Do they feel safe?" Police Chief Tony Farrar said in an interview.
A panel of student leaders from several high schools spoke to the group and answered questions.
During separate interviews, several student leaders said they had "no fear" about returning to school after the Dec. 14 shooting at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School, which claimed the lives of 20 children and six teachers.
"I feel safe here, like my home," said Jazmin Samano, 17, a Rialto High School senior.
Other students said actions by school security teams and staff contribute to a feeling of safety while in school.
Unlike Fontana and San Bernardino, Rialto's school security members do not carry handguns.
During his presentation, Farrar said the security camera systems in the school district and city parks are among the most - if not the most - sophisticated in Southern California.
Yukie Bojorquez, student body president at Eisenhower High School, said something needs to be done to improve safety for students when they walk home.
Police Lt. Dean Hardin said "parents need to be in their child's business."
They need to search the child's room when they are not at home, go through their phone and see what they are doing on the Internet and become involved in their school happenings, he said.
"When kids are left to their own devices, bad things happen," he said.
Tim White, 48, of San Bernardino, who has been incarcerated various times over 21 years, said he would be willing to speak to gatherings of students about the fallacy of gang life.
"Gang members get ahead with violence," he said. "Kids see gang leaders with a nice cars, gold jewelry and a good-looking girl and they decide that's what they want."
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