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Four teens trying to avoid gang recruiting with jobs are hired in Georgia

Posted at 9:36 PM, Aug 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-04 21:36:37-04

LAGRANGE, Ga. – Four teens walked into a Georgia business asking for summer jobs.

No, this isn’t the beginning of a bad joke, but an inspiring story.

They asked LaGrande Housing Authority CEO Zsa Zsa Heard for summer jobs and when she asked why they wanted to work, their answer was anything but ordinary.

The teens said they wanted jobs so they stayed out of gangs and trouble.

Heard asked the boys if they had been approached about joining a gang and they replied ‘Yes ma’am.’

Here’s where the story gets even better, Heard hired all four boys on the spot.

In her Facebook post, Heard says “The streets will not have our children.”

The students now take care of a community garden and help with other jobs in the area.

Heard told  News 3 “The boys are doing really well! We have mini classes teaching them things like communication (verbal and non-verbal), gratitude being grateful, giving back to the community and doing public service.”

She also told us they are working on “Teaching them warning signs the police look for to label persons gang members.”