Sunnyside schools see large drop in gang behavior

Sunnyside schools see large drop in gang behavior
SUNNYSIDE, Wash. -- Sunnyside isn't seeing as much gang activity around its schools.

School district administrators report an 85% drop in the past five years.

It includes gang related clothes, graffiti and bullying.

Administrators credit a few things for the improvement.

One is a program that pairs students at the middle school with an adviser.

They say building trust with an adult helps them.

"I like how our teacher for advisor like helps us around and then treats us with respect like how they say treat others how you want to be treated," said Jonathan Cortez.

Other factors are the presence of school resource officers.

Administrators have also made an effort to be in the classroom more.