An Anderson County Gang Task Force met with community leaders, educators and residents in Anderson last night. The task force held a forum to talk about problems that have hit some neighborhoods. Residents have reported being victims of drive-by shootings and the number of robberies has greatly increased.
Anderson County Councilwoman Gracie Floyd says she wants to show there are alternatives to gangs, “We know that these things are happening, we know that these young people are out there, and it’s just a matter of waiting to see when it’s going to happen. So we’re trying to get everybody prepared, we’re trying to find these young people, and we’re trying to show them that there are other things they can do, and we’re trying to stop it.”
The task force urged parents to watch their children for gang signs, including wearing gang colors such as red or blue. Gang signs on notebooks, such as stars or pitchforks, could be indicators of gang involvement.
The task force said the most important parents can do is monitor their children, know where their children are and who they associate with.