An SRO predicts gangs in schools will get worse: Jamestown News

The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.A school resource officer (SRO) spoke candidly and recently to the Jamestown News about the situation of gangs in schools and why it is now a recognizable problem that should be taken very seriously and why it may get worse before it gets any better.

An excerpt:

Corp. [L.G.] Welch has been on the vanguard of the gang problem since 1994, shortly after the first evidence of gang activity revealed itself in Guilford County. He was one of five officers selected to start the school resource officers program in Guilford County. Currently he is the School Resource Officer at Southern Guilford High School and is a past president of the N.C. Association of School Resource Officers.

A subtext of Welch’s message of convincing the local populace that it has a serious gang problem is dispelling myths associated with youth gangs; namely, that it is an inner-city problem, that it is predominantly disadvantaged minority kids, that it is exclusively males, and that only a handful of gangs have infiltrated the area. All those assumptions are false.

“People want to think that it’s a big-city, strictly urban problem, and that’s simply not the case,” said Welch. “It’s going on at Southern Guilford, and we’re the smallest school in the county. We see evidence of it all over.”

Here’s the scary part of this article:

“Middle schools are definitely the big recruiting area,” he noted. “ The majority of the youngest hardcore gangbangers in Guilford County are between the ages of 13 and 15. By the time they get to the 9th grade they’re full-fledged gang members. They might flirt with the idea in middle school, but there’s no such thing as a wannabe. If you’re hanging with them you’re just as much as in. They’re using you.

And one of our school board members still wants to get rid of our SROs? Do we have to name who it is?The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

And here’s another excerpt (watch out Jamestown):

In that gang rivalries are essentially battles over turf, Welch fears that Jamestown’s proximity to both High Point and Greensboro makes it a nexus of gang activity.

The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.“The problem is that the Greensboro gangs and the High Point gangs are big rivals, anyway,” he said. “They’re both fighting for territory and they both want to claim their school as their territory. I know Ragsdale has that problem and I suspect Southwest is the same.”

Scary stuff, people. Let’s please be on our guard this year, and let’s cut this nonsense about getting rid of SROs.

E.C. 🙂


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