Teachers learning to identify signs of gangs at school

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Posted: Aug 2, 2011 5:45 PM by Rachel Frost
Updated: Aug 2, 2011 5:45 PM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE- School security officers, teachers and principals got a crash course in how to spot gang signs in Baton Rouge.

The Attorney General's Office provides the training so school personnel can identify different signs, symbols and names used by youth gangs.

Sandra Ezell Smith, School Safety Trainer for the AG's Office, says gang violence in schools increased last year.

"We've started with an incline with kids and more violence, more fighting, more issues that I'm hearing about as I travel the state," Smith said.

Smith says there were at least 50 weapons brought to schools across the state last year.

As part of the training, Hillar Moore, East Baton Rouge District Attorney, working with school personnel to help them recognize local gang affiliation.

"The need to know what we know. We need to give them as much information as were are legally allowed to give them so they can be aware of what's going on so they can help us report back so we can stop gang or group activity in schools," Moore said.

The school safety training continues tomorrow in East Baton Rouge Parish then heads to Monroe later this week.

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