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Columbus Municipal School District fights against gang activity

The Columbus Municipal School District administrators were invited by the Columbus Police Department to a community outreach program Wednesday.

Posted: Dec 12, 2018 9:07 PM
Updated: Dec 13, 2018 9:29 AM

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - The Columbus Municipal School District administrators were invited by the Columbus Police Department to a community outreach program Wednesday.

This is an effort to help teachers and administrators identify signs of gang activity with students in the district.

Board of Trustees President Jason Spears says this program would be great for students who need guidance.

“The mentoring aspect of it, giving the students whether they are in elementary, middle or high school kind of a point of contact or mentor who would help them talk through different life events,” he said.

According to the school district's superintendent, Dr. Cherie Labat, her department is starting a program for males at risk of joining gang activity, in which they will be mentored by police officers, firemen and fraternity members.

Labat says she will take 25 students from the elementary, middle and high schools to be a part of the program.

Once this program is complete, the department will start another program for at-risk females.

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