Created: Fri, 02 Aug 2013 04:17:00 EST
Updated: Fri, 02 Aug 2013 09:03:00 EST
Lessons about the dangers of drugs and gangs are being taught to students as young as preschool in Macon.
Macon police officers spoke to students at Charlotte’s Web Learning Center, getting an early jump on what they say is an ongoing problem.
"We are going to talk to the children about gun safety, and how to say no to drugs and gangs,” said Officer Phil Sullivan of the Macon Police Department. “Just be instrumental in listening to their parents and making good decisions at school."
Recent shootings and arrests indicate gang activity may be growing in the city of Macon. Officer Phil Sullivan, a D.A.R.E. instructor with the Macon Police Department, was joined by McGruff the crime dog to give some encouragement to the preschoolers and taught them to say no to guns, gangs and drugs.
School administrators say they're starting their toddlers down the right path. "Just trying to give children a heads up to keep them out of trouble to prepare them for the future," said Jerneicey Brown, the director at Charlotte’s Web Learning Center. "If you prepare the child now, then that will stick with them. Then, later on in life they will be very successful and they won't turn to gangs."
D.A.R.E. officers focus on teaching students good decision-making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives.