Essay about Gang Violence: Problem on the Rise
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What ever happened to kids wanting saying they wanted to be a police officer, fireman, doctor or teacher when they grow up? Does anyone ever say, when I grow up I want to be in a gang? According to the National Gang Threat Assessment there are over one million gang members in California and over forty percent are under the age of eighteen. Just in Fresno alone there are over twelve thousand gang members and over 500 gangs (Overend). Gang violence is a growing problem and if we don’t try to control it now it will be a bigger problem in the future.
According to the National Gang History, gangs started out in India in the year 1200 AD when a group of criminals used to roam the town committing burglaries and crimes.…show more content…
(Overend) “Out of the one million gang members about 400,000 are teens, 90%-94% are male.” (Gang Statistics) When conducting a survey on gang violence I asked fifty people, “What are the top five gangs here in Fresno?” and the top five were Bulldogs, Surenos, Crips, Bloods, and Asian Boyz. The most known gang in Fresno are the Bulldogs. (Rosas) They represent themselves not so much by color but by the Fresno State Bulldog symbol. The Bulldog gang is the biggest gang here in Fresno with over 4,000 members. (Gang Statistics) Most Bulldog gang members usually have dog paws tattooed or many will get the whole dog face tatted on them. Bulldogs do not have any specific number or color to represent them, but Fresno State apparel is usually red, blue, black, or white. Surenos are another popular gang in Fresno, most surenos are Mexican, Hispanic, or Latino. Their color to wear or represent is blue, therefore they will carry a blue rag with them most of the time. Tatoos they usually have are “south side”, the number 13, three dots (each dot stand for one word in “mi vida loca”), and when they have killed someone they will have a tear drop tattooed on the side of their eye. They will also use a rosary around there neck to show respect for god, but it is also something that represents the sureno gang in general. Bloods were originally known as the Piru gang. (Walker) The name Piru came from Piru Street in Compton, California
A book deemed 'pornographic filth' by a concerned mother has been removed from a primary school's curriculum.
Australind Primary, in South West Australia, agreed to remove young adult book The Black Dog Gang after Jackie Ronay angrily complained on a community Facebook page.
'I'd like to draw your attention to the book that the year six class has been given,' Ms Ronay wrote.
Young adult book The Black Dog has been removed from the curriculum at Australind Primary, in WA
'I'd like to know if anyone else finds it inappropriate because I am outraged that my 11-year-old son has been exposed to this kind of pornographic filth!'
Robert Newton's book is set in Sydney's Rocks area in 1900 and tells the story of a group of young boys.
It tackles themes like family, bullying, friendship and loyalty.
Australind Primary School principal Tracey Truss told WA Today the book was chosen by the teacher because it covered a number of issues young boys face as they moved into adolescence.
However, Ms Ronay disagreed and posted two pages from the book to show how inappropriate it was.
In one passage the novel's protagonist, Frankie, gives his neighbour Ms Donegan's 'magnificent breasts' a 'gentle squeeze'.
The book was dropped from Australind Primary's (pictured) syllabus after a parent complained
A brief exchange follows:
'D'ya like that, Frankie?' she breathed. 'D'ya like the way it feels?'
Once young Frankie regains his thoughts, he says Ms Donegan's breasts feel like 'jelly'.
Ms Truss said she did not agree book was pornographic, but as it was aimed at readers aged 12 and up some content was not suitable for Year 6 students.
The books will be donated to Australind Senior High School.
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