Pilot Gang Prevention G.R.E.A.T. Set to Begin

NEW HANOVER – A partnership between the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and New Hanover County Public Schools will allow the launch of an anti-gang program in two middle schools. The pilot program, Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.), is intended to reach children before peer pressure does.

With prevention as its primary objective, the program is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership. In middle school, students enrolled in the program attend 13 sessions of 45-minute topics including gang awareness, anger management, responsible decision making and resisting peer pressure.

School Resources Officers will implement the G.R.E.A.T. Program at Roland Grise and Williston middle schools next week. Sheriff McMahon and school officials hope to expand this program to include all New Hanover County Public Middle Schools for the 2010-11 school year.

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