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School Rezoning Leads to Gang Turmoil

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Posted: Dec 6, 2012 6:53 PM

Updated: Dec 7, 2012 12:22 PM

BROWNSVILLE - A rezoning in the Brownsville Independent School District is creating problems for residents around Porter High School.

The problems are persistent gang fights off campus, area resident Letty Hernandez said. She said fights are becoming alarmingly common on her street.

"They fight in two areas, including an open field. I don't know who is stronger between the gangs, but I know they get hurt," Hernandez said.

"The consequences of these fights end up with the families. They are the ones who must deal with their injuries," she said.

BISD officials confirmed Hernandez's claims.

Brownsville Police Chief Orlando Rodriguez said the problems started after the district rezoned the schools. The move integrated students from different neighborhoods.

The violent trend now worries many parents.

"I have four children. They are out in the street playing. They are out in the street playing and something erupts, it can hit home," an area resident said.

School and local police have increased patrols in the area. They already made one arrest on charges of gang affiliation.

"The gangs want to fight and see who the better fighters are. In the end, it's stupid and they are dumb. I hope the police will stop it," Hernandez said.

Topics: porter, gangs, rezoning, fights

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