SAW 2010

By: Keith Jones Email
By: Keith Jones Email

Waynesboro police are still looking for suspects in almost 20 graffiti taggings all over town. Homes, cars and businesses were hit Friday morning.

Most of the taggings were swastikas, and some residents think the incident was gang related. One group, SAW 2010, say enough is enough. They hope to guard children from the harmful effects of gang activity.

"What I think of is, oh my gosh, kids are going to think that this is what they want to do, this is cool, they're here," says Diane Kellogg, who helps organize the group set on ending gang violence. "We're empowering another youth serving agency and we're strengthening them so that they can strengthen our kids."

She says about 250 local gang members are between the ages of 15 and 21, and she's appalled at the most recent vandalism that surfaced in Waynesboro.

"I haven't been told that definitely this is a gang doing it," says Kellogg. "I do know we have white supremacy gangs and this is a sign that they would use. So I couldn't tell you if it's youth or adult gang or if it even is a gang."

Regardless of the outcome, she hopes to live in a safer community by the year 2010.

Kellogg says, "Keep your eyes open and call and let people know what's going on because it's going to be the community that's going to help in this."

The group works hand-in-hand with many different community outreach programs, hoping to strengthen the youth in Augusta County, Staunton, and Waynesboro. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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