Richmond County deputies team with school police on anti-gang program

Workshops, better police coordination planned

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In the next month, the Richmond County School Safety Department is looking to start an initiative aimed at gangs in schools.

The effort will include workshops for parents and administrators. It will coordinate the department with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office to better track which schools might have students who have been arrested outside of class in gang-related cases.

"We're in the planning phases right now," said school safety Lt. Richard Roundtree, noting that times and locations for the first parent workshops are being firmed up. "We're going to try to put them at different schools throughout the county. We want the parents to be involved and aware of what's going on."

Roundtree said his department already visits middle schools and some elementary schools warning students about the dangers of gangs.

He said the new workshops will teach how to know whether a child or student might be in a gang and how to keep them out.

"A lot of times parents just don't know," Roundtree said.

The initiative follows the death of Butler High student Brandon Desean Taylor, 16, who was fatally shot on Monte Carlo Drive last month. Authorities arrested three youths and charged them with gang activity in that case, saying the arrests were part of a larger investigation that had identified at least 50 people who could face gang-related charges.

"Because of these recent events, we've been flooded with calls from parents wanting this information," Roundtree said. He couldn't pinpoint any specific schools with gang issues, but he said his department hopes to do so through greater coordination with the sheriff's office.

"We're going to start tracking gang activity within our schools," he said.

In general, Roundtree said, middle schools often become recruiting grounds for gangs.

Richmond County sheriff's Maj. Ken Autry said he didn't have an exact percentage, "but a large number of the people we've identified in gangs are of school age."

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lylagirl
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lylagirl 02/14/10 - 08:28 am
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Whatever...

Whatever...

bettyboop
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bettyboop 02/14/10 - 09:14 am
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Well lylagirl that was

Well lylagirl that was certainly an intelligent and informed response...Middle School is the beginning of the end for a lot of students and putting sixth graders in that toxic environment is stupid....keep the little ones in elementary school until 7th grade...........all schools and all grades should wear uniforms to eleminate the "fashion police" syndrome...... and only parents can keep their children out of gangs....it's a "being responsible matter".........

peonynut
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peonynut 02/14/10 - 09:27 am
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Should have done this 20

Should have done this 20 years ago when they first started.

disssman
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disssman 02/14/10 - 12:29 pm
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Obvious waste of time and

Obvious waste of time and money. The sheriff has stated that we don't have a gang problem. What they need to do is put these officers in neighborhoods where "we know gangs are" instead of painting the whole area to dilute the problem. And believe it or not, if a parent dosen't know their kid is a gang banger, all the conferences in the world would not convince them. In fact if you asked them why junior has a pistol, they would come up with a gzillion good reasons, but they will never blame junior if he is found shot to pieces. No, they will blame the police or society as a whole.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/14/10 - 12:32 pm
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Let the RCSO officers spend a

Let the RCSO officers spend a little time at Spirit Creek for R and R, too.

55 F-100
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55 F-100 02/14/10 - 01:59 pm
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Want to know if someone is a

Want to know if someone is a gang memeber? Just ask them, because if they are truly a gang-banger, it is part of their creed to answer truthfully. If they do lie to you, then they are a miserable little maggot-cretin and a liar.

Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 02/14/10 - 02:41 pm
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It doesn't help when the

It doesn't help when the parents are gang members too. Raising their kids from jail. Spending their weekends in jail visiting rooms with their parents ect....

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 02/14/10 - 05:29 pm
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Let us just hope that many

Let us just hope that many parents and those "parents" that have to look after children make an honest effort and attend those meetings. Something needs to be done and soon. No more young lives should be lost because of these gangs roaming and thinking they "own the joint".
Get together folks - put a stop to it - please~!!!

Dave of AGS
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Dave of AGS 02/14/10 - 06:37 pm
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Unfortunetly, work in the

Unfortunetly, work in the schools has its limits. I wish all the best to better educate students and teach them to stay no. A big part of what shapes them is that it starts at home.

corgimom
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corgimom 02/14/10 - 07:20 pm
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RCBOE needs to say "Gang

RCBOE needs to say "Gang activity in school is not tolerated. If we find out you are in a gang, you will be expelled." And then DO IT. Who is running those schools, adults or children?

hickstreetlane
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hickstreetlane 02/14/10 - 11:36 pm
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kudos to anything that can

kudos to anything that can raise awareness, but most parents will be in denial. "not my child...." Parent(s) are two busy holding down two jobs, going to clubs, golfing, drinking, partying, etc to take the time to check on their kids. The school is expected to raise them, but when the school diciplines the kids, the parents raise cain. these play play gangs are dangerous; the little neighborhood clickes are dangerous. after all the hoopla following the tragic death of the kid in pepper ridge, how much is really going to change? Probably nothing, but I hope I am wrong.

jamesaaronsnow
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jamesaaronsnow 02/15/10 - 10:30 am
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What gangs are in this area?

What gangs are in this area? And by the way, if churches were doing what they should be doing we won't have this issue. They expect at-risk youth in enter the four walls when gangs leaders are willing to go to them.

OIC
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OIC 02/28/10 - 11:44 am
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If you identify a gang

If you identify a gang member, remove him or her from the rest of the school. Suspend, expell or relocate the gang member to alternative schools. Don't leave a known gang member in class with our children.

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