Gangs in Public Schools
An investigation of the presence of gangs in the schools in the United States and the violent results.
The writer explores how schools in the United States are becoming centers of criminal activities as youth gangs are rapidly emerging in public schools nationwide. He points out that increase in violent activities on school property is directly related to gang presence and summarizes that it is therefore important for school authorities and communities to work closely together for the eradication of this evil because it is leading to increased use of drugs, alcohol, guns and violence on school campuses all over the country.
“The presence of gangs in schools is having a negative impact on the school environment and it has been noticed that most children in public schools fear becoming victims of violence because of the anti-social activities of these powerful gangs. Because gangs in schools are usually well organized, their presence on school property often causes terror among other students. Drug trafficking and violence are the two most significant areas of activity for gangs and they usually try to influence school children and authorities by use of force, which is one of the primary reasons behind rising trend in violent activities on school property. In 1992 Bureau of Justice reported that drugs are more readily available in schools where gangs exists than schools without gang problems. This shows that the anti-social activities of the gangs can affect every child as it increases peer pressure because of the availability of drugs and alcohol on school campuses.”