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Parents In Chatham County Want To Make Streets Safe For Children

Posted June 5, 2000

— Some parents in northern Chatham County worry about the drug deals and gunshots they see and hear every day. They say they are desperate to keep their children safe.

Kim Scott says she worries each day about the safety of her three sons at Perry W. Harrison School.

"Back in March, we were all coming out of the gym when a car came by shooting," Scott says.

Chatham County sheriff deputies have made more than 100 drug arrests in the past year in the Hamlets Chapel community. They say the drug dealers are coming from both inside and outside of the community.

"If we get the community behind us, and we let these people know that the sheriffs' department and the community has had enough, hopefully we are going to get the message to them somehow," says Chief Deputy Ike Gray.

Parents in the community gathered inside a local church Tuesday night in hopes of returning peace to the neighborhood. The parents plan to have more meetings in the community. They hope to invite the sheriff and other lawmakers to their next meeting on June 27.

The Sheriff's department has extra patrols in the area. Officials say the patrols will continue until the problem is solved.

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