Gang violence threat adds security to Charlotte school

Gang violence threat adds security to Charlotte school

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by GLENN COUNTS / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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Posted on February 3, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 3 at 8:22 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- There was a heavy presence of Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers at M.L.K. Middle School Friday afternoon because of rumors that violence might break out.

The incident follows graffiti left behind at the school Thursday glorifying the M-S 13 gang and putting down their rivals, the SUR 13’s.

"It's something in this neighborhood that goes on because you got a large population of Latinos here.  It's just going to be what it is," said Kirk Bogart, a parent.

Police heard rumblings that there might be some kind of fight.  Students like Noe Salas expected something to happen.

"I think something is going to happen because the students inside the school are not respectful.  If you’re Hispanic they (are) racist to you.  If you’re African American, they (are) racist to you.  I don’t know how they want us to stop this," said Salas.

Many of the parents NewsChannel 36 spoke to were not aware that someone had sprayed graffiti on the school on Thursday, but they were disturbed by the potential violence.

Mia Matthews has a daughter at the school.

"It makes me feel nervous and scared for my child being in the same school with the gang members," said Matthews.

 “It worries me a lot because my daughter goes to this school and I would like to see us get this thing solved because this is a good school," said Danny McMurray, who also has a daughter at the school.

In addition to uniformed patrol, investigators with the CMPD’S Gang Unit were at the school trying to track down the suspects who left the graffiti.

"It's a good thing that they are out here in the numbers.  They are because you don’t let things boil over.   You nip it in the bud, that's the best approach," said Bogart.

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