90 students recognized for staying away from gangs

May 27, 2011 10:41:21 PM PDT
Ninety grade-school students in the South Bay were recognized on Friday for staying away from gangs and trouble.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms runs the program. They and other law enforcement officers work with kids before they reach the teenage years where gangs have such a strong appeal.

These kids completed a 13-week program that gave them reasons to avoid violence and stay away from gangs. Each child received a certificate and special T-shirt.

"In my day that's how it worked. Whoever punched the hardest, that was conflict resolution. Now we can give these kids the skills and abilities not to do that," said ATF special agent Steve Herkin.

The program has been in effect now for 20 years.