Gang Violence

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Gang Violence

Gangs are becoming a growing problem in American society. More young people are turning to gangs to solve problems in there lives. When youths join gangs they drop social activities with family, friends and school. Members fall behind their classmates in school and do not try. A study shows that less than
1% of gang bangers is literate1. Gangs destroy teenager lives and destroy their chances for a good education and happy life. Gangs are now a haven for rats.

Teenagers are joining gangs every day. They join gangs for many reasons.
A former gang member known as G-Ball was very young when he joined a his gang.
He and a friend would play a game. They would pose as gang members to be cool.
Then police arrested
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This program takes place in grades' 4-8. In the Phoenix Police
Department they support the G.R.E.A.T. Program. It teaches children avoidance of drugs and gangs. It shows children other ways to have power and belonging.
In G.R.E.A.T. they have 3rd and 4th grade summer session and a 7th and 8th grade school program.

3 Cindy Horswell, Gangs Get a Dress Down (March 28, 1992) Houston Chronicle.

There are many ways the government and police try to control gangs.
Many cities that have large gang problems have special gang units. The National government is stepping in to help. During National Gang Violence Prevention,
1994 (September 12- 16) President Clinton of The United States sent out a proclamation. He urged communities and citizens to come together to stop violence. The President is working on two time offenders, gun bands, more police, and harder punishments. While violence increases along with awareness why won't it stop? ?


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Clinton, William J. "National Gang Violence Orivencion Week, 1994." The White House: Office of the President of the United States Sept.
10,1994 Internet.

Delgado, Robert. "Anti-Gang Movement" Doug's Home Page Sept. 28, 1995. Internet.

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