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LEARN ABOUT GANGS>>>

Young people (as young as nine or ten) join gangs for reasons that makes sense to them, if not to adults. They give reasons like these:

. to belong to a group,

. for excitement,

. to get protection,

. to earn money, and

. to be with friends.

Gangs leave signs of their presence. Your child may adopt some of those signs as either a gang member or an imitator:

. specific colors or emblems,

. special hand signals,

. gang symbols on walls as graffiti or on books or clothing,

. major and negative behavior changes, such as:,

  • worse grades,
  • staying out without good reason,
  • "hanging" with known or suspected gang members, or,
  • carrying weapons.,

. wearing certain kinds and colors of clothing in very specific ways, and,

. possessing unexplained, relatively large sums of money.

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