Gang Banging

By:  Cynthia S

In the Englewood community today, young boys are being involved in gangs. These boys are  dropping out of school and joining gangs to feel they have others who will protect them from danger. In Englewood, these gangs are everywhere in the streets and the  corners. Gangs fight against other gangs to show pride for their own gang, but in reality, they don’t even know what they’re fighting for. By the time they realize this, it will be too late.

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Ms. Soto, mother of 6

Ms. Soto is a single mother who haves 6 children, with three of them being in the gang. When asked how she feels about seeing her young boys gang banging and misbehaving, she responded,“ It makes me feel stress because anything can happen to them and there is nothing I can do about it because they are all grown up. It made me feel like a failure to my kids, since I’m a single mom it make me think my boys needed a father figure so they can look up too.” She spoke of the trouble that having her sons involved in gang banging has brought her, “Yes, it did my love ones seeing my kids as criminals, problems with the police, the community around me. Also, this caused a life away of my son. In trouble with other gangs thinking you’re also part of it because of your kids.” A mother can be one of the biggest victims when having her kids gangbanging.

Steven is the oldest of six kids. He joined a gang and was involved in a lot of the gang’s activities. When asked if the gang life was fun and worth all the pain in cost, he stated, “At the time I was hanging with the gang, yes I thought it was fun. Now I’m stuck in prison for good and it does not seem fun anymore. A moment of fun is not worth a life-time of pain. So if you want to have fun do it with your family. I had about 15 homeboys and made me feel like I was part of another real family but when it came up to them getting me out of trouble, none of them were nowhere to be found.” Steven explained how he became involved with his gang. He stated “It started with my friends and I being outside in what so call our “ block”. Others who were really in gangs assume we were gang members. At that point we had to fight for what was ours, if we wanted out chill spot. Little by little, I can say we did became a gang and our innocent chill spot became our “hood” were no other gang can pass without us making chaos.”

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Steven

 

If nothing is done to correct all this gang banging going on today, the city will be controlled by gangs. There will be lots of violence and deaths. To solve problems like this people should talk to young boys and girls before the gang brainwashed them. Schools can get involved by having more fun after school programs to entertain the students at risk. Parents should spend time with their children. Finally,teach kids how to be outspoken, feel safe, be respected, and be self-confident.

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  1. Nyanna

    March 11, 2017 at 6:22 am

    What a joy to find somonee else who thinks this way.

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