Group of teens ask for jobs to stay away from gangs, are hired immediately

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LAGRANGE, Ga. – When you were 13-years-old, a job was probably the last thing on your mind.

However, a group of Georgia teenagers went out of their way to find jobs for one heartbreaking reason.

“I don’t want to be in jail,” Dylik Smith told WXIA.

Gangs had been trying to recruit the four boys, so they decided to take a proactive step to avoid that type of lifestyle.

The 13 and 14-years-olds went to the LaGrange Housing Authority and asked for jobs.

“What really concerned me is that I know their ages are 13 to 14,” said Zsa Zsa Heard, the housing authority’s CEO. “So I thought, ‘People really asked you that?’ That is when they said, ‘Yes.”

Heard immediately hired the boys and put them to work building picnic tables, cleaning up community gardens and picking up trash.

When the boys head back to school, they say they plan to continue working when their school and athletic schedules allow.

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