Gangs in Edgefield County

By: Gene Petriello Email
By: Gene Petriello Email

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.

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  • by shannon Location: johnson on Nov 10, 2009 at 08:45 AM
    There are no such gangs in edgefield county. Gang members have have weapons and commit violent crimes together and there is no such activities going on. Its just young kids just wanting 2 have a name 2 call there town that sounds hip hop.
  • by CraziWulf Location: Johnston on Jun 8, 2008 at 08:33 PM
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  • by CraziWulf Location: Johnston,sc on Jun 8, 2008 at 08:09 PM
    The people shouldnt worry about that gang stuff because those little kids just watch too much TV. Those little boys won't hurt a fly. If they were really gang related they wouldnt do so many obvious things. If you were in a real gang, would you throw up gang signs in school? The police just saying "gangs" so they can have a reason to shake people down when they want to. If someone fits the discription of a so called gang member they will probably go through them like a soldier do a Iraqi insurgent. There are no gangs they just trying to get the community to look down on certain people. I think we know what "kind" of people I'm talking about. Johnston and Edgfield is the most racist place I've ever lived in and I've lived all over the south east. They better stop their little cliches before the real gangsters come out of hiding. Because they just giving us a reason to bare our arms to protect our youth. These schools don't teach them anything useful, so we all they got.
  • by Former STHS Student Location: North Augusta on Dec 10, 2007 at 02:45 PM
    As a former student of STHS I have personally been involved in the whole "Gangs" thing that is being referred to. I did my four years there and there were always people yelling and throwing up signs and what-not but it never lead to any violence. If there was a fight it was because someone was acting stupid and more than likely had nothing to do with where they were from. I think this whole thing is being blown way out of proportion. It's basically harmless there unless things have changed a WHOLE LOT in 3 years. I doubt it though. I am from "2-5" but we were cool with people from everywhere. It's more about being proud of where you are from than insinuating that where you are from is better than anywhere else. I never once saw a crime commited at school on the basis of "GANGS" or better yet "where you are from." It's harmless or was in '03. And if your kid got "beat-up" and said that was the reason, they're probably not telling you the truth.
  • by Kimberly Location: Trenton on Dec 7, 2007 at 08:05 AM
    I am very happy to see that someone has actually noticed these people who are doing stupid things to get recognition. More peoplae should be aware of their surroundings, and try to help make a change. Our county would be alot safer if we find an effective way to do away with this nonsense.
  • by jessica Location: Johnston on Dec 6, 2007 at 07:52 AM
    I am very thinkful for the police why, because they are getting the gangs off the street and thats what we need. some people may think that wrong what the cops are doing but it not. a special thinks to Edgefield county police department
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