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Group cleans graffiti at Memphis elementary school

Members of a Mid-South community fought back Tuesday after a Memphis elementary school was recently tagged with graffiti by a local gang. Members of a Mid-South community fought back Tuesday after a Memphis elementary school was recently tagged with graffiti by a local gang.

(WMC-TV) - Members of a Mid-South community fought back Tuesday after a Memphis elementary school was recently tagged with graffiti by a local gang.

Tuesday, Minister DeAndre Brown mobilized area pastors and participants in his Lifeline to Success program to remove the spray paint from the campus of Westside School.

"They're babies," Brown said of children living in the neighborhood. "They shouldn't have to be subjected to people who do something like this."

The graffiti was everywhere, but erasing tags left behind by gang members doesn't erase reality.

"Over fifty percent have said that they have been approached at one time or another, and we even asked a question of how many of them either have relatives or knew someone in a gang. Just about everybody's hand went up," he said.

Brown's group plans to be visible as it attempts to impress upon students a positive alternative to negative influences infiltrating the neighborhood.

"We're not gonna tolerate it," said Walter Smith of Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church. "We've got to do something. We can't just let it go and let them just be doing what they're doing."

Angered by the graffiti, community members are trying to beat the gangs to reaching the children.

"They don't have to fight the fight," Brown said. "It's up to the adults to fight the fight. They just need to go to school."

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