State Police Program Works to Keep Young Kids Out of Gangs

CBS Detroit, March 27, 2014

Being recruited by a gang is a real threat to even elementary school-age kids in metro Detroit.

That’s according to behavior interventionist Gwen Cheney, who visited with Pontiac fourth-graders on Thursday as part of GREAT, the Michigan State Police Gang Resistance Education and Training program.

“It’s difficult right now for them, even as they walk back and forth to school, as they’re riding the buses to school,” Cheney told WWJ Newsradio 950′s Beth Fisher. “They’re always being approached by people who have negative intentions.”

Michigan State Police Trooper Mark Keller led Thursday’s program at Alcott Elementary.

“Teaching them: How do you deal with your emotions? What do you do when you’re upset, you know? How do you know when you’re being upset, and how could you stop that? As well as decision-making,” Keller said.

Xavier Ford, age 10, explained some of what he learned: “Be safe, no fighting, no cussing . . . no screaming at the teacher.”


Shaw says look for future programs in Pontiac and Detroit, aiming to help kids like 10-year-old Selena Frederick stay on a positive path.

“To be a kid . . . just to have fun and learn,” said Selana, one of about 50 young Pontiac students who were the first to graduate from GREAT.

Another, 11-year-old Maya Brooks, said she plans to steer clear of trouble as she grows. “I don’t like gangs . . . When I get older I wanna be someone I’d rather be.”

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  • Puggg

    Oh pfaw, these anti-gang programs are a dime a dozen, and they rarely amount to anything. I’ve seen them come and go, but nobody’s supposed to remember or point out that the last one was a flop when the next one is touted.

  • MekongDelta69

    Did anybody see the word, black in the original article (or ANY mainstream media article – EVER)?

    Nah – me neither…

    • dcc2379

      Did they interview any fathers?

      • Paleoconn

        Couldn’t find em

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    Only a Back-to-Africa program can solve the black gang problem in Detroit and everywhere else in these United States. Where is Marcus Garvey and his Universal Negro Improvement Association when you need them?

  • dd121

    Just arrest em’ and put em’ in work gangs. Problem solved.

    • Tom Mixx

      The one thing in this world they’re definitely not cut out for is work.

  • Frank_DeScushin

    Tax payer money spent on a program to teach black kids not to do the negative things that kids of other races figured out or intuitively knew were bad without a program having to teach them the obvious.

    • MBlanc46

      They had to give them something to “graduate” from.

    • De’Ontavious Jizzaiah Jones

      Yes, the “Don’t scream at the teacher,” really got me. Really, black kids do have to be taught obvious social norms that white kids always learned from their mothers and fathers. I was in school 67 to 80, golden years for public schools in Inner suburbs of Boston. NO ONE talked back to teachers let alone screamed at them. My father would have put my head through a plaster wall. But then, proper parental discipline, along with civilization has been banished from American life.

      • r j p

        “Don’t scream at the teacher” stuck out to me too. In my entire 6 years in elementary school, I do not ever remember a student even talking back to a teacher, let alone screaming at one. But then I grew up in Lily White West Virginia.

  • jay11

    What many call gangs, I call paramilitaries in training. When it hits the fan, these gangs are already prepared to create their own narco states. They have numbers, weapons, daily training on the streets and a group solidarity that would make a Viking proud. They will act without mercy. Some gangs have tens of thousands of members, many of them armed and living in a viable base territory. Amerika will be Yugoslavia in less than 30 years. A LOT of liberals, leftists, anarchists, ‘diversity activists’ and immigrants WANT this. I have heard many a non-white and liberal say: “When the revolution comes…”

    • None of them will ever want to fight an orc with a rifle and satchels strapped across it’s chest full of hand-grenades. They can’t do it.

      • negrolocaust

        at least ten whites were beaten by mobs of blacks a few days ago in
        kentucky the police and government are covering it up the blks were also
        looting shops and destroying cars. here are some excerpts:
        Conrad acknowledged the department later learned two assaults had
        been reported around 7 p.m., 20 minutes before the attack on the
        13-year-old girl.
        Jean Henry said that 10 boys said nothing as
        they attacked her 61-year-old husband, with chronic leg pain and a
        history of heart problems. She and her two young grandchildren watched
        as they pummeled him, and a crowd gathered around to gawk, doing nothing
        to come to his aid. When they were finished, some girls in the group
        mocked her granddaughter for crying, she said..
        Two officers
        arrived, but did not take a report. She drove her husband to the
        hospital and filed a report Sunday morning. Another person assaulted
        around the same time filed a report Monday.
        Conrad said it is
        department policy to take reports on all assaults, even if a suspect is
        unknown. He promised a full accounting of police responses Saturday
        He suspects other victims of violence who have yet to come forward.
        Henry hopes other victims of the violence will talk publicly about what they endured.She
        said that she’s been upset by the city’s response: The mayor and chief
        have emphasized how safe it remains downtown while her husband is
        recovering from contusions to his ribs, head and jaw. She’s taking her
        granddaughters to a therapist. One keeps talking about how they’re going
        to hurt her grandpa again.

    • IstvanIN

      Or we will just end up in a low-level on-going horror story of never ending violence like Mexico.

    • Rhialto

      For a territory to be viable, it must provide food and shelter for its inhabitants. I doubt if these Minority controlled narco states will be able to do this. Particularly the ones in cities. On the other hand, White Survivalist communities located in rural agricultural areas, also armed and dangerous, will be in a much better position.

      The liberals, leftists, anarchists, ‘diversity activists’ may become less enthusiastic, when the Minorities start having them for dinner.

  • libertarian1234

    “State Police Program Works to Keep Young Kids Out of Gangs,”

    Yes, and it’s very helpful and will be extremely useful to them as they get older.

    They learn how to make their own orange jumpsuits.

    • Alexandra1973

      Send them to Jackson State Prison so they can make license plates.

    • r j p

      The orange jumpsuit sewing class sounds like a great program. I had to take home economics in in junior high school, half the class was cooking and the other half was sewing. At least they would learn to provide for themselves.

    • negrolocaust

      The attacks occurred as early as 7 p.m., when Jim Henry, 61, was
      atacked by teens on the Big Four Bridge, according to his wife, Jean. At
      about 7:45 p.m. a man at the Big Four Bridge stepped in to keep a
      13-year-old girl from being assaulted and robbed, and the mob turned on
      him, badly injuring him, Conrad said.

      From there a group of up to 80 teens started moving through downtown, attacking people on the way, he said.

      at First and Jefferson, a woman, her husband and their five children
      were in a car outside Bader’s Food Mart when the woman was punched in
      the head. The victim, who was not identified, was taken to University of
      Louisville Hospital for treatment.

      Moments earlier, dozens of
      youth had stormed into the store, and one employee reported being struck
      as he tried to hold them back.

      “It’s crazy when it starts,”
      manager Adam Bader said Monday night of the store’s surveillance
      footage. “The most important thing is the public safety. Hopefully we
      can finally put a stop to this kind of thing, finally.”.

      arrived and dispersed the crowd, Conrad said, but part of it reformed at
      Third and Chestnut streets, where another man was attacked and was
      taken to a hospital.

      Another mob attacked a man at Fifth Street and Broadway and another person at Sixth Street and Broadway, Conrad said.

      tried to reassure the public that the city is still safe and that
      police have stepped up their presence downtown and around the Waterfront
      Park, although the Rev. Kevin Cosby, senior pastor at St. Stephen
      Church and president of Simmons College of Kentucky, said “beefed up
      police force is not the answer to the wilding cases.

      “The answer is beefed up investment in west Louisville,” he said.

  • dcc2379

    Maybe the program could be Stay Home In Trust For Academic Correction & Effort or better known by its acronym.

  • MBlanc46

    Gangs are a threat? I’d be surprised if they weren’t an aspiration for most Detroit yoof.

  • IstvanIN

    The problem with all these programs is that they attempt to use White psychology on blacks. Their emotional and psychological makeup is different from ours. Certainly close enough that we can relate to them, but not close enough to us intellectually for them to relate to us. Which is why all the White conceived programs fall flat.

    • William Krapek

      Yes that is true. We understand them a lot more than they understand us. But since they’re genetically incapable of understanding us, trying to foster our morality in them is a waste of time. Theirs is world of catch as catch can and be happy you survived another day.

      Impossible to build a civilization on that. Or even maintain the one you’ve been handed.

      • PvtCharlieSlate

        And yet what you hear from them is “It’s a black thing – you wouldn’t understand”.

      • IstvanIN

        We used to understand them, now we relate to their human characteristics, anthropomorphism I suppose.

      • MBlanc46

        “Theirs is world of catch as catch can and be happy you survived another day.”

        Nice turn of phrase, that.

  • PvtCharlieSlate

    I found this article to be just basically irritating: like a tooth ache that won’t quit. It’s a mess of sentence fragments and inane, sense-free PC phrases like “future programs” and “positive path”.

    I suspect that a “Behavior Interventionist” is an affirmative action government job that requires an affirmative action degree in a [fill-in-the-blank] “Studies” program.

    • I am happy when these Behavior Interventionists are knocked unconscious with fractured skulls by their own charges.

  • blight14

    “Mandy and Melissa said their mom and West were friends…..”

    Race mixing can be hazardous to your health………..

    • IstvanIN

      Blacks are like certain breeds of dogs, nice but then, without warning, freak out and attack.

      • r j p

        Long story short, I trust Schnauzers as guard dogs, but not Dobermans.

  • “Teaching them: How do you deal with your emotions? What do you do when you’re upset, you know? How do you know when you’re being upset, and how could you stop that? As well as decision-making,” Keller said.

    The implication here is that black yoots join gangs and gang up because they process their emotions incorrectly and that they sometimes get upset.


  • negrolocaust

    you can block me i wont heads up you anymore i will form my own website tommorrow to compete with this one.

    • negrolocaust

      and my site will smoke this site too

  • Truth Teller

    This is known as grant hustling and or non profit pimping. It creates more no work affirmative action jobs for OFE women and gays.

    At least this program is not being run by some jack leg black preacher.

  • Truth Teller

    How about StayHomeInTrust for brains?

    We had a great name for all the commie grant hustlers invading the San Francisco jail trolling for clients to keep those federal grants rolling in. M.A.G.G.O.T. Marina area group guidance on target. SAGGOT Sunset area group guidance on target. FAGGOT Fillmore area group guidance on target.

    Truth is, there were more grant hustlers and non profit pimp do gooders running around the San Francisco jail and criminal court system than there were criminals in the entire county.

  • Truth Teller

    One assumes Englemann will soon cite all his false statistics about the genius IQs of asians and jews just to make sure everyone has read them at least 100 times this week. Does Englemann really exist? Or is he some sort of computer generated robot?

    • Mr. Engelman probably some real guy. Even I am. My FBI file says “firearms expert, explosives expert, chemist, ex-mercenary” so I must be real. I have a house, a wife and a daughter. Mr. dd121 met me several weeks ago, so I’m very likely “real”.

      My formerly grey eyes now only have a grey ring around my blue-again irises. I feel as if I have been turning back into something I had long forgotten. My eyes were for many years dark grey. Mr. Engelman is older than me, but perhaps he is changing as well.

      I doubt he is a ‘bot. I do think he is tragically mistaken.

      • Diana Moon Glampers

        The guy in that picture seems real, although that mustache is a little suspect.

        • My mother hates facial hair, so I kept it trimmed. I grow a good “Wyatt Earp”, but my wife doesn’t like it, either. When I returned from Australia in 1998, she said I looked like “The Wild Man From Back of Beyond”: long hair, full beard, the whole nine yards. She recognized me only by my glasses.

  • It would take committed parents to keep kids out of gangs. Afritards and Greaseritos are not that variety of parents. I suspect gangs replace uninvolved parents.

    • Who Me?

      “I suspect gangs replace uninvolved parents.”

      I suspect that may be largely true. I do not put much stock in things said by “former” gang members who have “served their time” and made a “commitment to the youth” of their neighborhoods, etc. but many of them say they joined gangs to be, or feel like part of a family. On that point they may be telling the truth.

    • Laura Dilworth

      or involved in a negative way

      • My ex-father was very abusive until I got big, but when my parents divorced after the last time it beat up my mother, it was completely responsible about child-support payments. I think it was lonely, because it also liked taking me out to movies. Having a parent involved in a “negative way” does not always turn one into a criminal.

        Oh, well, maybe it does.

        • Laura Dilworth

          you didn’t join a gang

          • There weren’t any gangs in my area, but all I ever wanted to be was a laboratory chemist, and gang membership doesn’t go with that very well. My ex-father was a university physics professor who went to Los Alamos to do nuclear weapons work during the summers and my high school girlfriend’s father was a university molecular biology professor. The Myers brothers, Brian and Ed had a father who was a civil engineer and a mother who was a pharmacist. Tom Flynn’s dad was a chemical engineer specializing in cryogenic work for rocket propulsion. There were lots of very smart people in the south end of Boulder back then.

          • Laura Dilworth

            you have a gift