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CCHS to host gang forum for parents

Colleton County High School is offering parents a gang awareness forum to show how teens are trying to incorporate gang colors and signs into their standard school uniforms.

The school is hosting the public education for parents on Tuesday, March 10, at 8:30 a.m., at Colleton County High School in Walterboro. According to the forum’s creator, Kimberly White-Footman, a career specialist with the school’s guidance department, the idea for the parent forum came after the school’s guidance department was discussing gang activity within the Colleton community. “This is simply a way for us to help educate parents on what is happening with our youth, and to give the parents information as to what to look for,” she said.

Officers with the S.C. Department of Corrections will be speaking to parents. Specifically, Whiteman says the officers will be talking about the different gang signs, types of clothing that student gang members and students wear to identify themselves with a gang, and even songs that students sing, or lyrics from those that they write or use as graffiti. All of the information presented will be specific to South Carolina and to the different counties that these officers work with, as gangs are different in each area.

“Even with our school uniforms, these sergeants show us where they can wear the hidden gang colors, down to the shoe strings or things they put in their pockets. It’s even writings they put on their notebooks. We want parents to be more aware of what’s going on,” she said.

According to Whiteman, she is not aware of specific gang activity in CCHS related to what is being taught. “It’s just education for parents,” she said.

The school is also hosting a distracted driver’s presentation for all high school students this week. The Wednesday morning presentation will educate young drivers about the state’s new no-texting-while-driving law, and educate them on the dangers of distracted driving, said Footman. Local attorneys will be doing most of the presentation. The high school is working in conjunction with the S.C. Association of Justice in Columbia to sponsor this event. “It’s a growing epidemic, with deaths related to texting while driving and other distractions while driving,” she said.

The first session for CCHS students will begin at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, with the second session set to start at 9:55 a.m.


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