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Along with gang-themed belt buckles he has in his office at Lincoln Alternative High School, School Resource Officer Kevin Braman shows a switchblade that was confiscated from one of the middle schools. Although there is no way to conclusively prove that the switchblade was connected with gangs, Braman is called to the two area middle schools whenever questionable or dangerous items are found. May 26, 2010

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