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Leland pastor educates her congregation about gangs

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LELAND -- Aaron Oliver, a fourth grade student at Lincoln Elementary School was asked a question no parents want their child to hear. "Some people ask me, hey Aaron, do you want to be in a gang? And I was like, no." The reality is that gangs do exist in your child's school. Brittney Oliver, a senior at North Brunswick High school, knows all to well. "I see people with stuff on their arm like it's branded, and I have friends that are in to it, but they don't try to get me involved in it". That's why Pastor Charlrean Mapson gathered her congregation together with local law enforcement to educate parents about the warning signs. "One of the things we've learned tonight is that children don't have things to do, they don't have outlets" Officers told parents gang prevention starts at home. Parents need to have engaging relationships with their children so they don't feel the need to get attention somewhere else. High school sophomore Shawn Martin says that's exactly why he would never join a gang. "It seems pointless to me, people go there because they're insecure at home, and I have a good family so I'm straight". Martin is one of the fortunate ones. Mapson used this forum to let students and parents know the doors of the church house are always open, even if there's no communication at home. "I think they're happy, I think they're excited that their church is doing something like this and hopefully it will bring something positive to this community." Experts say withdrawal from family life is a clear sign that something is affecting your child. They recommend outlets to keep your child active like the Community Boys and Girls Club or church activities.

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You know there is a "Gang

You know there is a "Gang Task Force" based out of wilmington that is SUPPOSED to be working with Brunswick county to help with the Gang Awareness and also helping with services for kids. Try giving the Sheriff's Office a call. (910)798-4260. This is too important to be overlooked and have the people who are paid to help these youth and our communities not do their jobs.

Great Job Pastor Mapson

I know Pastor Mapson, I would just like to say Great Job, for going above and beyond what others are doing to prevent this problem.

gangs

Pastor Mapson, I would really like some information about the signs of the gangs my children and I have been talking about this alot lately. If you could get in touch with me I would really apperciate all the information I sould receive about this. Thank You

Reply to Guest123456

I do not claim to be an expert in this field, however, I am willing to share with you what we learned from law enforcement. Please contact me at the church 371-0037.

video clip

Hi! I am a member of Johnson Chapel. We would love to see the video clipping of this interview. Thanks!

So how exactly is a Pastor

So how exactly is a Pastor qualified to "educate" people about the inner workings of gangs? Absolutely ridiculous.

negative

People always have negative things to say.We have a problem with gangs.I do believe the article stated that she paired up with the Local law to help.Any help is greatly appreciated and at least she is making an effort to try and keep kids out of Gangs.You are supposed to be able to talk with your Pastor about anything.Why not be able to talk to them if someone is trying to get you to join a gang.

learn to read

You have to read all the words, not just the small ones you can understand. If you did, you would've learned that the pastor did this... "That's why Pastor Charlrean Mapson gathered her congregation together with local law enforcement to educate parents about the warning signs. You are so busy bashing you end up looking the fool.

I can read just fine.Which

I can read just fine.Which means she contacted them to get information to pass on.Have you come up with any ideas on how to stop Gangs.If so I would love to hear your ideas.I am glad the Pastor decided to take a stand.More people need to take a stand instead of looking the other way or making rude comments about the people who do try and do something.So to me you look like the fool.I hope her effort reach great success.

apparently you can't

Apparently you can't read because I'm supporting the preacher for trying to help. CER asked how the Pastor is qualified to "educate" people? The answer is in my first post. Here it is again, slow down and read all the words..."That's why Pastor Charlrean Mapson gathered her congregation together with local law enforcement to educate parents about the warning signs. What CER wrote:"
So how exactly is a Pastor qualified to "educate" people about the inner workings of gangs? Absolutely ridiculous.
Now you, Impala2004 look like a fool as did CER.

atleast he\she is standing

atleast he\she is standing do educate or prevent, that's ridiculous of you saying something like that, gangs are an problem, an the church does have an responsibilty to the community, i applaud this Pastor, something you should try an do build up instaed of trying to tear down, we need to stand against this it's affecting all of our communities an it needs to be address