PROSSER, Wash. -- School district leaders met with Prosser residents to discuss a growing problem: gangs.
They say they want to make sure there are strict programs and rules in place to keep the problem from spreading.
Prosser Superintendent Doctor Ray Tolcacher says Thursday's meeting is just a beginning to a new emphasis on slowing down gangs. But, he says, the district is already planning to change two policies.
He says absence rules will be stricter because he says, when students are in school there is less chance that they are getting into trouble. And he says, stricter policies will be put in place to deal with bullying.
Prosser Mayor Paul Warden says gangs can't be ignored. He says, "I think there was a state of denial even as recently as a year or two ago, but there is no denial now."
Warden says he is impressed at the community's response and willingness to help try and solve the gang problem.
A Prosser Gang Task Force meeting will be held at Kenne-Riverview Elementary School on Monday at 7.