Gang Membership in Urban Schools

Although gang activity is not isolated to urban schools, as it does appear in both rural and suburban schools, its prevalence is experienced more often in urban school environments.

According to the National School Boards Association (NSBA), the Journal of Gang Research, reported that “one of out of every 10 public school students is not in school during an average school day.  Over a third of American public schools report complaints of gang recruiting near their school.  It is estimated that 12 percent of all school disciplinary problems are caused by students involved in gangs but only two-thirds of American schools have written policies against gang activity.”

And according to a “2001 Department of Justice survey, 20 percent of students aged 12 through 18 reported that street gangs had been present at their school during the previous 6 months. More than a quarter (28%) of students in urban schools reported a street gang presence, and 18 percent of students in suburban schools and 13 percent in rural schools reported the presence of street gangs. Public schools reported a much higher percentage of gang presence than private schools.”

How can parents recognize whether or not their child is involved in gang-related activity?

Who within our communities is dedicated to helping youth escape the clutches of gangs?

What is the school’s role in preventing or dealing with gang activity?

What connection does students with learning disabilities have to gang membership?

These are the questions we will explore in the following blog posts.

guest blogger

Vicki Caruana


One response to “Gang Membership in Urban Schools

  1. I have been studying incarcerated urban children with disabilities. I have found that in many places their rate of incarceration is disproportionate to their population in society. I wonder how many of them are in gangs.

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