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Gangs: Getting Out & Staying Out

A gang is an organized group of three or more people who engage in criminal activity, create fear within a community, and who may have an identifying sign or symbol.

The following behaviours may suggest that a child is considering becoming involved with a gang:

  • Negative behaviour changes such as withdrawing from friends and family, declining school performance and attendance, and routinely breaking rules
  • Increased drug use and acquisition of weapons
  • A new interest in gang-inspired music, games, movies or media
  • Tattoos, or the frequent drawing of symbols on personal possessions
  • Unexplained injuries
  • Unexplained, or missing, cash or jewelry

To help keep children away from gang involvement:

  • Be a positive role model and spend time with your child
  • Encourage participation in extra-curricular, as well as in-school, activities and sports
  • Enforce rules and curfews
  • Encourage academic success
  • Talk openly about the dangers of gangs and criminal activity