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November 8, 2009 2:11 AM

His mission: Get the word out on Modesto's gangs

A mother of three stood in the Tuolumne Elementary School cafeteria with her arms crossed, her bottom lip almost quivering and her voice filled with desperation. She's afraid. Her teenage son has been skipping school and hanging out with the neighborhood's bad crowd. She's hoping a program designed to scare students straight will help her child. That's why she waited to speak to Jorge Perez last week after a gang awareness meeting he organized at the school.

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