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GREAT program educates local middle school students on gang resistance

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Some New Hanover County middle school students are getting a lesson from the New Hanover County Sheriff's Department. Deputies will lead an anti-gang program at Roland Grise and Williston Middle Schools. The Gang Resistance Education and Training program, or GREAT, is intended to educate children about the dangers of gangs and help them get acquainted with deputies. “It helps build a positive relationship with law enforcement and the children because this way they can see us one-on-one and feel free to ask questions and interact with us on a positive level,” said Amy Womble of the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. Students will take part in thirteen, 45 minute sessions with topics including gang awareness, anger management, and resisting peer pressure. The sheriff's office hopes to expand the program to all New Hanover County public middle schools by next year.

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