Teens and Gangs

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Teens & Gangs : Why are teens involved in gangs
Since the beginning of the decade, teenage homicides increased by one hundred and fifty percent This sharp increase is largely due to the rapid formation of gang activity throughout the United States. In today's larger cities, gang violence is a reality that people have to deal with every day. As gang related crimes increase, officials are trying to find out why people join and remain loyal to gangs. Unfortunately, experts can only hypothesize explanations for gang involvement. However, by studying societies influence on humans, there is evidence to blame several forces. These speculations include the forces of peer pressure, broken families, gang loyalty, protection, and the media.

First of all, most teens become attracted to gangs by peer pressure and greed. Estimates show that forty percent of all gang members joined because their friends influenced them. Teen gangsters will pressure peers into becoming part of a gang by making it sound glamorous. Recruiters will often promise popularity in exchange for their loyalty. Although most gang members find popularity, it often means losing close friends to rival gangs. Another crucial factor is the need for money. A 6 year old kid, who is not yet a member, receives impressions that he or she could make $200 to $400 for a small gang job. In August of 1996, an eleven year old Compton child received $400 for killing a rival classmate. Although money and popularity are important factors, they are not strong enough to persuade kids to do things that are strongly against their morals. Other stronger force such as broken families and the media, along with peer pressure, works together to persuade young kids to join a gang. For instance, now we have a 6 year kid who potently will become a gang member just because he wants to earn money the easy way. Teens are a major part of gangs being that the average age for a gang member in the U.S. is 17-18 years old meaning that...
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