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By Jim Shilander

As part of a presentation to parents on anti-bullying and gang intervention efforts in San Clemente schools, San Clemente High School Resource Officer Rod Valdez said that a new gang was active in the city.

The group, which Valdez said called itself the “SC Boys,” was now a documented street gang, and that the group had committed a number of crimes in the area. The group is primarily made up of Caucasians, Valdez reported.

San Clemente Chief of Police Services John Coppock said the gang has been active for approximately six years as a loose knit entity. Coppock said there were between seven and 10 documented members, with another 20 or more associates. The gang has stepped up its activity in the last couple of years, Coppock said, moving from vandalism to assault and robbery.

Coppock noted that the gang appeared to have white supremacist leanings, and was loosely affiliated with some other white supremacist groups in Southern California. That has led to some run-ins with Latino gangs in San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano, Coppock said.

Valdez indicated at the meeting that the Orange County District Attorney’s Office was moving to place a gang injunction on the group, which would restrict known members from meeting together in public, along with other restrictions, which are effective in curtailing other gangs in the city. However, Coppock noted that unlike Latino gangs, which often concentrate in certain neighborhoods, the SC Boys were spread out throughout the city.

A gang injunction in San Clemente is in place in three areas, between Camino De Los Mares, Interstate 5 and Calle Campana; all of downtown San Clemente west of I-5 (except for the area around San Clemente High School) between Avenida Pico (north to Avenida Presidio) and Avenida Calafia; and north of I-5 between Avenida Magdalena, Avenida Pala and Avenida Santa Margarita.

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  • My son, who went to San Clemente H.S. and was a victim of bullying which led him to join a gang and subsequently ended up in prison has written a book of his life so far and his experiences with it all. It is eyeopening on the subject of gangs, teen emotions, crime, drugs, and prison. All teens who think it is cool to be edgy or be in a gang should read this book. I think they might change their minds on going down that path. It’s called “Four Years of Freedom” and can be downloaded from

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