Kids talk about gangs |

Kids talk about gangs

Cory Fisher

Gangs: Defined by police as a group of three or more persons who have a common identifying sign, symbol, or name, and whose members individually or collectively engage in or have engaged in a pattern of criminal activity creating an atmosphere of fear and intimidation within the community.

South Tahoe teens, some of whom were once affiliated with gangs, offer advice to younger children:

“Don’t let other kids get you in trouble – be smart.”

“Don’t cave to peer pressure – have self respect.”

“If you’re willing to change, there will be people to help you.”

“I didn’t really think about the consequences and didn’t learn the lessons. I learned the hard way. The court ordered me not to hang around with gang bangers – I don’t go out anymore.”

“Be smart enough not to look up to older kids who are getting in trouble.”

“I don’t think anyone should be proud for being locked up – I’m not.”

“He might be cute, but I wouldn’t want a guy in a gang – he might get killed.”

“Instead of fighting each other we all need to get together and be what we want to be.”

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