Teen Violence and How to Help
By: Brett Barry, Kaitlyn Ballard, Laine Apple, Matthew Anderson, and Arvind Narayanan
Definition and Facts
A group of criminals or hoodlums who group together for shared protection and profit.
- Gangs use clothing as a symbol to show that they are in a gang (bandanas)
- When joining a gang, often times there is an initiation that needs to be passed. This initiation is usually a violent crime that could include theft, murder, gang-rape, or drive-by shootings
- Teens join gangs to sell drugs, commit crimes, and make money. Ever since there have been street gangs there have been drive by shootings and arresting people each day. Gang violence is purely a law enforcement problem.
Case Study #1
In my words: Gangs are a growning problem in Austin, Texas. Police create a new unit to keep track of the gangs. Gang members in the area are divided by tattoos, the way they dress, and colors they wear. Austin isn't as infested as other places, but there is still a growing problem.
Case Study #2
Near 30th and Troy Streets on Chicago`s West Side 2 people were wounded when a 16 year old pulled out a gun yelled a gang slogan then opened fire.
Case Study #3
A man was shot to death at Andress High School. Allegedly killed by a rival gang member in apparent retaliation of the stabbing of another rival gang member
Case Study #4
Solutions to Gang Violence
- Report to the police or teachers- if you see something bad going on with two different gangs, dont be afraid to report it to teachers or police.
- Be up to date with local gangs- see what events are going on and try to stop them by doing this.
- Limit school dress code- some gangs have their own clothing, but if you limit the school dress code or make uniforms, they cannot wear them.
- Parents spend time with children a lot- if the parents spend time with a child a lot, it could prevent them from negative influences.
- Take Action!- everyone must take action to prevent Gang violence