News 12 at 6 o'clock, Dec. 5, 2007
EDGEFIELD CTY, S.C. --- Richmond County isn't the only place concerned about gangs. Edgefield County says they have 6 gangs. Less than a month after Operation Augusta Ink, deputies in Edgefield County saying we have gangs. And that coming as a surprise to some, while not so shocking to others.
As a teacher of 5 years at Strom Thurmond High School, hearing gangs in Edgefield County is nothing new to Beth Robertson.
"You'll see little things pop up every now and then - symbols and stuff. I teach art and I'll come across it more often than other teachers," says Beth.
But to others, gangs here come as a surprise.
"I don't like it. I don't like it at all," says Jennifer Hyams.
In Edgefield, Investigators say the town is home to the E-Town Boys. And right down the road in Johnston, Investigators say the town is home to the J-Town Boys.
The other four gangs: T-Town in Trenton, the Quarter Boys or 2-5's on Highway 25 South of Edgefield, the CB's -- Country Boys -- on Highway 25 North of Edgefield and the 1-9's on Highway 19. So far, deputies say no major crimes from these gangs.
"Kids from one part of the county don't get along with kids from another part of the county. It's more of that, than anything else," says Edgefield County Cpl. Robbie Harter.
And when they come together, "there's a little pushing, shoving and arguing, but nothing major," says Cpl. Harter.
"They should nip it in the bud," says Jennifer.
And that's exactly what people like Beth - and the Sheriff's Office - is trying to do. She looks for gang signs in class.
"Anything that looks kinda scary. Somethings are really innocent like snowmen and the "M" that look like McDonald Arches," says Beth.
"I don't want anything to change here. I don't want to feel less safe. So right now, I feel completely safe. And that's the way I would like to stay so whatever it takes," says Jennifer.
By using the term "Gang", the Sheriff's Office says they are just trying to make the public aware. Early next year, they'll host meetings to address any questions you may have. As soon as those dates are out, we'll let you know.