Crips gang member who worked as school teacher allegedly killed 2 kids

Source: Clayton County Police

Michael De’Sean White served as a school teacher during the day and a Crips gang member when he wasn’t in class. According to Clayton County Police, White was a fifth-grade teacher at Toney Elementary in Dekalb County, Georgia, and member of the Rollin’ 60’s Crips.

White is also being charged with the murder of two kids.

In 2016, White and other members of the Crips allegedly broke into a home in Jonesboro, Georgia. They were looking for a 15-year-old boy who stayed at the home. While inside, gunshots erupted and Tatiyana Coates, 11, and Daveon Coates, 15, were both killed. The teen they were searching for had left the home before the shooting occurred.

Several months after the shooting, White began serving as a paraprofessional with Dekalb County Schools. He soon became a teacher after passing two background checks, according to WXIA.

Several members of the Crips were arrested and told the police that White was involved in the shooting.

White was arrested while teaching on March 23.

The incident sheds light on how gang culture continues to evolve. White found a way to serve as a teacher while reportedly being a gang member. Some parents are upset because school officials did not notify them about the arrest until after it was featured on the news.

White has since been fired from his position at Toney Elementary.

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