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Re: Gang-related "art"

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Lorena Nalin (nalin)
Thu, 29 May 1997 19:36:33 -0700 (MST)


Diane,

I was told that a teacher may be held liable for damage or injuries to the
student or those they might hurt if their gang-like activities or profile
is noticed and not reported. I guess this is like the suspected child
abuse situations.

Documentation and reporting is our best defense.

Lorena Nalin
Tucson

>In my school there were some 6 th grade boys who were hanging around. At the
>time I was doing a personal shield/ heraldry project. I began to notice all
>these guys were including this set of letters "cav" . When I asked them what
>it stood for, they said crime and violence. I immediately responded with some
>stories that shed some reality on the gang thing- the 4 years I lived in
>Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and went to Pratt Institute. I asked them how
>they could think this was cool, because I had seen people who were innocent
>get shot and killed. I also discussed how the members were not respected but
>feared in the community, and there were plenty of other things that would be
>much more likely to gain them respect and success, etc. I notified the 6th
>grade teachers and the principal, who called them into her office one by one.
>I told her about their initiation of sitting in the middle of the road at
>dark night time hours for 10 minutes while traffic was heavy, and the other
>things I'd overheard the kids talking about. I also had caught a glimpse of
>these guys' upper arms- they had all marked themselves with a logo-ish
>"tattoo"- but interestingly enough had kept them covered by t- shirt sleeves.
>I had caught a peek at a few of them while kids were working, etc. The
>principal notified the cops and it turned out that there had also been a rash
>of vandalism w/ marking/ destruction @ the local park, and those letters were
>on display. W/ out knowing it, I had solved a rash of crimes including
>mailbox bashing, all tracing back to these guys. They never knew I'd reported
>on them; they all got 200 hours of community service or something like that.
>Christine