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Resource Officer Stops Gang Initiations In Greenville High School Bathroom

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GREENVILLE, S.C. - A school resource officer at Greenville High School arrested six teenagers Tuesday after a fight in one of the bathrooms. The teens range in age from 14 to 16 years old.

The school resource officer and Greenville County School District began looking into this fight and others that took place in the same bathroom. According to the Greenville Police Department, the investigation revealed that the six teenagers arrested were taking part in a gang initiation.

Police say they're working with district leaders to prevent as much gang related activities in school as possible. Police say it's communication between students, teachers and resource officers that will help stop violence.
 
7 On Your Side spoke with a recent graduate of Greenville High School who says he remembers a gang there and tried to avoid the violent activity that surrounded those students. He said he said there was a bathroom in the school where he remembers most of the violence happening.  

Officials say parents can help school leaders find out about possible gang activity too. If you hear about a fight between your students or their friends ask questions.

7 On Your Side spoke with parent Sandra Poole, who says she has 5 children who have attended Greenville High School and the resource officers and counselors have been very good at communicating with her. She says anytime she suspected violence around the school, she has been able to contact a resource officer or school official immediately.

They ask that you ask how the fight started and if that type of behavior has happened before. If you suspect anything you should immediately report it to a teacher or school officer.  

Officers say the immediate and decisive action taken by the school resource officer will send a message to other students that gang activities will not be tolerated.

A spokesman for the Greenville County School District told us the six students, including five who are special education, have been suspended pending recommendations for expulsion.
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