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April 10, 2008

Albany -- A group of concerned Monroe High School parents want to take back their neighborhoods and protect their kids by learning about the dangers students face.

About 30 people showed up at Monroe High tonight for a community forum organized by parents.

They learned about gangs, how to spot gang involvement and internet predators.

"We're trying to address issues of safety that they have concerns about.  We want to look at things they can do around the neighborhood.  We want them to be aware of gang activity and how they can address those particular issues," said Dougherty County Chief Assistant District Attorney Gregory Edwards.

Concerned parents say they learned a lot at the forum.

"How gangs are started and how to prevent them.  What to look for in our children, what to be aware of, so we can be very informed citizens and parents," said Deborah Gregg, a Monroe High School mother.

Parents heard from a prosecutor, a police officer, a school representative and a preacher who said churches need to reach out to the kids.

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