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City and Sunnyside Schools Discuss Drug and Gang Problems

Sunnyside, WASH -  Surveys show over 40% of Sunnyside junior and senior high school students drink alcohol.   They also show 15% of eighth graders are members of gangs.    Sunnyside city officials and the school board discussed numbers like these Monday night and solutions to drug and gang problems.

"Gang life leads nowhere positive, there is nothing productive that comes out of gang membership." said Sunnyside Police Chief Ed Radder.  

That is the message they want to get out to the students.   People in the meeting also discussed how everyone has to help, even those who don't have children.

"It isn't just your kid who is involved or in trouble, it's the fact you live in a neighborhood and a community." Explained John Hughes, Safety Director of Sunnyside Schools.

Some of the solutions discussed were to educate the parents more on drugs and gangs and to bring counceling into the school.   They also want to bring in drug education and social skill programs like D.A.R.E and G.R.E.A.T.

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