A group of people together
for questionable activities, so identified by appearance and/or behaviors.
- Hard core
- Support people/peripheral group - business people who offer
and provide gang-related services
- "Wannabes" - emulate gang activity/identify
- Hats, jackets, scarves (more often on "Wannabes"
than hard core gang members).
- Graffiti on books, notebooks, personal possessions (pitchfork,
Star of David, six dots, six points)
- Control entrances to the school. There may be a posted statement
to the effect that all who enter are subject to search. Security
personnel should monitor outside areas such as grounds and parking
lots to keep non-students from entering the campus. All staff
should be alert to the presence of strangers in or around the
building, and such presence should be communicated to the office
or other designated personnel. Adults and authority figures should
be highly visible.
- Give students respect and exhibit genuine concern. Many join
gangs to gain respect from peers and to receive a feeling of belonging.
The gang replaces family structure that is missing for many students.
- Emphasize the self-esteem aspect of the established drug/alcohol/sex
- Support and/or initiate after-school and weekend extra-curricular
activities. Such activities should be competitive and require
- Investigate community gang intervention programs that could
benefit the school. Utilize experts in the law enforcement agencies
to learn about gangs in the area. Effective methods of coping
with gangs only result from awareness and understanding of the
- Provide outside speakers who can be role models for the students.
Former gang members can be an excellent resource for prevention
- Encourage parent involvement in the school through organizations
such as PTA or Booster Clubs, or through parent meetings and parent
- Keep lines of communication open to students. If information
is given concerning gang activities, it is important to protect
sources of information and/or witnesses because most gang codes
- Sponsor parent meetings with speakers regarding gang activities
and community action in regard to gangs.
- Convene the school crisis team to evaluate the situation and
implement the appropriate plan of action.
- Remove graffiti immediately.
- Confiscate questionable clothing or objects that may identify
groups or may intimidate others.
- Contact parents if signs of gang activity such as clothing or
graffiti is evidenced by a student.
- Share information on gang activity with other administrators
- Initiate community gang intervention programs with the assistance
of law enforcement agencies, such as the Kansas City, Kansas Police
Department neighborhood crime department.
- Report substantiated activities to proper authorities - school
security and/or local law enforcement agencies.
- Follow an established plan for reporting incidents to the proper
authorities, parents and the general public. Prepare an official
statement responding to the particular crisis situation. Designate
an official spokesperson for the school and refer to the district's
public relations office for further information.
- Unfamiliar or suspicious individuals or activities, including
students obviously under the influence, drug sales, or satanic
symbols or accessories should also be reported to school security
personnel and/or police.