Bertie County to lead Community Initiative around anti-gangs and local gun violence

Published 9:24 am Tuesday, November 1, 2022

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WINDSOR – The Bertie County School Board and Bertie County Schools Superintendent Dr. Otis L. Smallwood, along with the Bertie County Sheriff’s Office, will host “A Comprehensive Community Initiative around Gangs and Gun Violence” at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10 at Bertie High School’s auditorium.

In light of the ongoing gang violence and threats to safety, local leaders in Bertie County are initiating a discussion about responses, issues, and behaviors that tend to lead to gang behavior in the schools and community.

The event will include short breakout sessions focusing on gang awareness, parental guidance, mental health support, and designing and implementing positive interventions. These factors may include working with the local community, engaging city leaders and clergy officials, partnering with social service agencies, and addressing gang-related issues at multiple levels

Event organizers stated, “Together, we will collaborate and make strategic strides that will not only bridge the gap between the schools and the community but will also help move this district in a consistently positive direction. Please accept our open invitation and prepare to attend. We will provide a boxed dinner for attendees.

For more information, contact Janice Ricks at 252-794-6017, or email