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,
earn money, and
be with friends.
leave signs of their presence. Your child may adopt some of those
signs as either a gang member or an imitator:
colors or emblems,
symbols on walls as graffiti or on books or clothing,
and negative behavior changes, such as:,
staying out without good reason,
"hanging" with known or suspected gang members, or,
certain kinds and colors of clothing in very specific ways, and,
unexplained, relatively large sums of money.
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