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Lesson Plans


Gang-related "art"

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Lorena Nalin (nalin)
Wed, 28 May 1997 16:26:23 -0700 (MST)


I attended a very interesting inservice on gang awareness and prevention.
The speaker was Mr. Chris Cuesta, who formed the Tucson Police Department
Gang unit, but is now a consultant to school districts, enforecement
organizations and communities dealing with gang issues.

The topic of gang symbols and tagging and other images came up and I would
be interested to know what other art teachers attend to regarding known
gang-related images,and do schools/districts have policies regarding such
issues.

Awhile ago, I related the story of a student who was drawing such things as
the ying-yang, the "laugh today/cry tommorrow" comedy-tragedy masks, the
eight-ball and such and those drawings were confiscated, as per school
policy, and the parent called the newspaper demanding first-ammendent
rights and censureship of their artistic rights. The matter was resolved
quickly by the principal.

For those districts adopting policies, what types of things are included?

Lorena Nalin
Tucson, AZ