are neither just a big city or inner city problem, nor are they
a problem of a particular race or culture. Gangs cross all ethnic,
racial, socioeconomic, gender, and geographic boundaries. They bring
fear and violence to neighborhoods, traffic in drugs, destroy property,
involve youth in crime, and drive out businesses. Gangs pull teens
away from school and home into a life of violence.
of the scariest aspects of gang violence is it's often indiscriminate
and unpredictable. Gang members have been known to kick, punch,
hit, or even kill their victims. People get hurt if they are in
the wrong place at the wrong time. If gangs or gang members are
in your school or neighborhood, you know it.