Gang Education

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The Bryan Police Department is trying to educate students about gang life. Through a federal grant, police hope to bring "GRATE" an education program about gangs to Bryan middle schools.

"It would be more specific on what gangs look for, how they pull the kids in, and what they have to offer," Bryan Police Sgt. Sharean Gideon said. " It would also help parents to know what they could do different to keep their kids out of a gang."

This isn't a new thing. Bryan police say they've been looking at the program even before recent gang activity spurred.

"If we're looking at it as a big problem right now, because of what happened I would say no, “Sgt. Gideon said. "Does everybody need to be aware of what could happen and how gangs relate in the schools, yes, everybody needs to know that."

The program would target sixth graders, students around the age of 12, school officials and police say this is a very impressionable age.

"I think in our society and our world kids that are going to go the track of a gang start at a very young age," Bryan High Principal Carol Cune said.

"It'll open up their eyes to see what's going to happen if they get involved in gangs," Bryan School Resource Officer George Aguilar said.

Right now student resource officers like George have experience teaching the DARE program, but if police get the grant officers might teach GRATE as well.

The school officers serve as mentors within the school. They enforce criminal laws, and Bryan High Principal Carol Cune says they prevent violent activity.

"They help kids solve problems in other ways versus things that are physical, things that are violent, things that are criminal," Cune said.

As for problems in the schools, Bryan police say some students do associate with names. Nevertheless, officials say at Bryan high, a school of about 4 thousand students, officials say the problems are very small.