Teen Gang Violence; what’s the Cause?
“The youngster was murdered outside a basketball court at a public park beside a youth club in the Moss Side District of inner city Manchester. The victim has not yet been named. Police have not yet said how many times he was shot. Detectives suspect the boy was targeted in a planned gun attack. He is understood to have lived locally and attended Manchester Academy High School nearby. Residents close to the scene heard the shots last night as the youngster was gunned down. One onlooker, close to the boy’s family said ‘his family and we are very shocked. We are devastated.’ Police were called at 2:40 am to Ruby Street to find the boy lying dead after suffering from the gunshot wounds.” This is just one of many violent incidents that happen everyday in our society, cold-blooded, gang-related murder. It always leaves us asking the one question “Why?” And we begin to wonder why 13-15 year old teenagers even get the idea to think or believe that they need to be involved in these dangerous activities and actually participate in these brutal and violent behaviors. I think that there are a few main theories that correlate gang violence to young adolescent teens. The following pages explain the causes of why I believe teen gang violence stems from lack of love, structure, belonging, power and status, acceptance, poverty, and even family traditions. Typically, violent young teens come from homes where they’ve been alienated or deserted. And they turn to gangs when their need for love is not being met at home. Risk of being susceptible to gangs also increases when the community fails to provide sufficient youth programs and other alternatives to the extremely pressuring violent gang life. These teens are feeling that they are not welcomed into the schools’ after-school programs and extra-curricular activities such as sports teams, clubs, and social groups because they are viewed as outcasts due to how they dress and...
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