President of the Georgia Gang Association, Chief Jose Ramirez, was invited by Dr. Kandiss Taylor, Student Services Coordinator for the Appling County Board of Education, to speak to 4th-12th grade students over a two-day period this past Tuesday and Wednesday. Chief Ramirez presented his testimony of successfully leaving the gang lifestyle and challenged the students to consider, “What are you doing with your time?”
Chief Ramirez gave real life examples of gang destruction and better ways to spend time. He held a parent meeting with invited stakeholders and encouraged the community to invest in our youth to prevent gang expansion.
Superintendent Dr. Scarlett Copeland welcomed Chief Jose Ramirez to speak to Appling County Students. The teachers and students were awestruck by what he shared and pleased with the proactive approach to ensuring our students spend their time in healthy, productive ways.
One of the teachers commented, “He was phenomenal! I have no doubt that he’ll get to spend eternity learning and meeting all of the people whose lives he impacted. I was tearing up with him and very impressed!” A student said, “Man. He is real. You could tell the way he spoke and looked at you.” Another teacher stated, “The students were captivated. Their heads were moving side to side as he walked across the stage. They didn’t want to miss a word.”
Chief Ramirez is employed with Paulding County, and he serves as an expert witness in gang related cases across the country. He was instrumental in new legislation being passed this session in our Georgia Assembly preventing our youth from being targeted by gang members for recruitment.
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