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Is there a gang problem in local schools?

Chelsea Kellner

New Hanover County Schools spokeswoman Valita Quattlebaum said the state and local gang problems do sometimes show up in the schools, but that educators have proactive programs in place to combat gang influence.

The most common gang-related problems in schools are things like gang-related graffiti or students wearing gang clothing.

NHCS works closely with law enforcement, particularly the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office’s Gang Task Force, to discourage students from joining gangs and to help those who already have. Anti-gang programs begin in elementary school.

Schools seek to provide students with alternatives to joining gangs, such after-school sports and help finding summer jobs.  Students who show evidence of potential gang-related problems are referred to a social worker or guidance counselor immediately.

More serious problems are reported to Assistant Superintendent for Student Support Services Rick Holliday, who can be reached at (910) 254-4206. For questions regarding a specific school, contact the principal.

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