3 high school students arrested in Operation Augusta Ink

By: Jessica Floyd Email
By: Jessica Floyd Email

News 12 First at Five, November 15, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga. - The phrase "Take Back the Streets" has new meaning. Among the dozens arrested in Operation Augusta Ink, 3 were high school students.

"Take Back the Streets" Director Sergeant Richard Roundtree says it should serve as a wake up call.

"It's a wakeup call to the youth to let them know that this activity has not gone unnoticed...that we're monitoring and we're taking a proactive approach," said Roundtree.

The three students who were arrested under Operation Augusta Ink attended Westside High School, Academy of Richmond County and Bungalow Road Alternative School.

News 12 talked to the principal of the alternative school, Dr. Wayne Frazier, who says gang members aren't welcomed there.

"It's not safe for gang members to be here," said Dr. Frazier,"Our environment won't allow that type on mentality so it won't last long inside of this building."

But outside the classroom, school leaders can't control student's actions. That's why Richmond County Superintendent Dr. Dana Bedden thinks the gang problem is a community problem.

"I would not jump to say that we have a gang problem because gang members have to go to school, so when there's a community issue it becomes a school issue," said Dr. Bedden.

Whether it's a school issue or a community issue -- if it involves breaking the law, officers say age doesn't matter and cite Operation Augusta Ink as proof that criminals will be taken off the streets.

"It's one of the most powerful messages that we're sending to this community. It's a new day in Augusta. It brings hope to this community that law enforcement and the community is not going to stand for this in their streets," said Roundtree.

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  • by a voice Location: planet earth on Dec 7, 2007 at 08:43 AM
    ok, I hear people speaking of life, if someone gets it or not. The truth is that everyones comments is their personal opinion just the same as mine. But the question we should ask our selves is are we in the place to judge anyone. If you don't understand (?) let me break it down plain and simple if the world was to come to a end today who would measure up? Because we look closely at what others are doing but truley what have we done, have you help anyone, done anything to help the problem because removing the eye sore doesn't remove the problem. What have you done? me, well not nearly enough to cast judgement upon anyone.....
  • by Brian Location: Augusta on Nov 26, 2007 at 09:57 AM
    I'm willing to bet the people who are against prison for life are family members, friends or other thugs.
  • by Kyle Location: Gibson on Nov 18, 2007 at 02:10 PM
    Prison for life. Is an rediculous statement. there just children . You need to rehabilitate. are prison system is way overcrowded as it is. prison should be for our true criminals. like murders and more violent crimes. take it from someone who works for the dept. of corrections.these dope dealers only get smarter in prison so they need to be rehabilitated.
  • by Lynn Location: Hephzibah on Nov 17, 2007 at 01:02 PM
    Richmond County PD, the ATF and all organizations involved are to be congratulated. You must give these organizations the money required to keep this city safe from crime and drugs by any means necessary. The sad part is that a lost of 71 young black men who could have given so much more to this society and choosed this route. I am sadden for the parents and mad that young black men continue to destroy their lives and communities for a quick buck or to just belong to something. Drugs are destroying so many lives. Drug dealers should be tried for the death of anyone who die as as result of drugs being sold to them. That will be a new one. People, YOU have to get involved and stop thinking someone will do it for you. Why are men so afraid of these young boys? Who allowed them to get out of control? You see it happening in your neighborhood then wait until it is too far gone..you can't blame the police for your failure to do your part. These men and women have to be paid much more!
  • by Anonymous Location: Augusta on Nov 16, 2007 at 09:17 AM
    I say no prison for life,there just kids!
  • by marlene Location: augusta on Nov 16, 2007 at 08:53 AM
    way to go operation augusta ink,get as much bad off the streets as you can, any way you can!!!!we need more operation's like this all over the u.s.a.! a great big thank you and god bless!!
  • by brittany bennettt Location: augusta on Nov 16, 2007 at 06:27 AM
    what is going on in the school system
  • by danette on Nov 15, 2007 at 07:54 PM
    im so impress with augusta police department
  • by ja Location: hepzibah on Nov 15, 2007 at 07:15 PM
    were are the bosses of these guys we need the big man just as well as the little man
  • by WILLIAM Location: AUGUSTA on Nov 15, 2007 at 04:54 PM
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