The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office gang task force is teaching a course called Gang 101, to show parents how to spot gang-related behavior in their children.
"It's important that we educate parents and teachers and school administrators to recognize what they're looking at," said Detective Barnes. "If it's gang related, if it might be, so they can better report it. So that law enforcement can assist in addressing the issue."
Lene Smith said her son isn't in a gang, but said she learned a lot from the course to keep him out of trouble.
New Hanover County Schools has scheduled three more Gang 101 Trainings for the 2009-2010 school year.
All trainings are scheduled from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The dates and locations are as follows:
December 1, 2009 - New Hanover High School
January 25, 2010 - Laney High School
March 4, 2010 - Hoggard High School
Detective J.P. Guarino and Michelle Guarino, Gang Therapist, from the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office, will conduct these major trainings.
Detective Guarino will present Gang 101, and address gang identifiers, signs and symbols and ways to combat the problem. Guarino will present the psychology behind gangs: prevention, intervention and diversion.
All trainings are open to school personnel, parents and the public, and no registration is required. Due to the law enforcement sensitive material being presented, students will not be allowed to participate.