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LAGRANGE, Ga. (CBSMiami/AP) — A Georgia official praised four teens who took the initiative to find jobs instead of succumbing to pressure to join gangs.

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News outlets report that LaGrange Housing Authority CEO Zsa Zsa Heard wrote in a widely shared Facebook post that she hired the 13-year-old and 14-year-old boys on the spot last week when they asked her for a job so they could avoid being approached by gang members.

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The teenagers go back to school next week, but Heard says the offer stands for them to do chores for the authority during school breaks. They’re also being added to a mentorship program.

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