Gang Life By Jason Marque Sole. Four factors are primary in the formation of juvenile gangs (William Gladden Foundation, 1992).
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Jason Marque Sole
“Many youth view joining a gang as normal and respectable, even when the consequence is a series of delinquent and violent acts. Gang affiliation may constitute part of an expected socialization process in certain communities when they are viewed as embodying such values as honor, loyalty, and fellowship.”
John J. Wilson, 1994
“Gang life offers power and quick money, acquisitions that usually take a lifetime to accumulate following the proper steps of accomplishment through education and the job field.”
National Drug & Safety League, 2008
“Street gangs are an amalgam of racism, of urban underclass poverty, of minority and youth culture, of fatalism in the face of rampant deprivation, of political insensitivity, and the gross ignorance of inner-city America on the part of most of us who don’t have to survive there.”
John J. Wilson, 2000
“In seeking to protect and promote their reputation, gangs often engage in prolonged wars, which are kept alive between larger fights by small incidents and threats of violence. One gang may claim precedence, which means that the other group must challenge them if they want to retain their honor and reassert their reputation.”
James C. Howell, 1999
It\'s so crucial that we are able to reach our students at a young age – before they wind up in gangs.
Gangs take root in schools for many reasons, but the primary attraction of gangs is their ability to respond to student needs that are not otherwise being met; they often provide youth with a sense of family and acceptance otherwise lacking in their lives.
Many children fear leaving the gang life because they feel that they will get beaten or even killed by their gang members for knowing too much.
“When kids reach the point, at 15 or 16, when they are in gangs, the resources to help them get out just aren’t there. If you are a hardcore gang member, there is nowhere you can go.”