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Parents, kids gather in Covington to talk gangs

Students, parents and community leaders in Tipton County filled the Covington High School gym Monday night to say they're worried about the growing problem of gangs. Students, parents and community leaders in Tipton County filled the Covington High School gym Monday night to say they're worried about the growing problem of gangs.

(WMC-TV) – Students, parents and community leaders in Tipton County filled the Covington High School gym Monday night to say they're worried about the growing problem of gangs.

"Yes, we needed this...every parent in Tipton County should've been here," says parent Tandra Dickerson.

They came out to learn more about gangs and gang crime in Covington, after two recent murders there. "Criminal involvement, behavioral issues, signs and various colors," Dickerson says.

Jimmy Chambers with the Shelby County District Attorney's office led two sessions.

The first was with students, and the second was for parents and school leaders.

After the recent murders in Covington, Chambers warned high school kids that joining a gang is not the way to fit in with the crowd.

"Either you'll get killed or you're going to jail if you get in a gang, it's that simple," Chambers says.

Students say they learned a lot from the presentation.

For senior Khealesa Elkins, it's all about choices.

"Everyone's wanting to be with the in crowd, and they're making the wrong decisions," says Covington High senior Khealsea Elkins.

Chambers told parents simple things they can look out for to know if they're kids are involved in gangs or gang activity.

"If you've got a child that's defiant, not going to class, always into trouble, can't tell them nothing, wondering what's going on with my child," adds Chambers.

And now that they know the warning signs, parents say they'll hopefully be able to put a stop to their kids gang activity before it gets any worse.

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