Many teens join gangs because they are bored, lack purpose, or are looking for a way to belong.  There are other options.  Sports, clubs, and recreational/after-school programs give you a great chance to meet new people, explore new interests, develop new talents and skills, and connect with people that really care about you and your well-being.   The response from school officials to the presence of gangs requires a combination of prevention, intervention, and enforcement strategies.  Local law enforcement also needs to be involved since gang activity is usually present on and off school property.  Gang activity often escalates in warmer weather and when schools are out for the summer.

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