Gangs: A Growing Problem in Schools

Sharon Issurdatt Dietsche, LICSW, LCSW-C

School Social Work

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The presence of gangs in schools compromises the safety, well-being and academic progress of students. Gangs disrupt peace and safety in communities and schools, leaving many families torn apart. The most notorious gangs are those from impoverished sections of major cities like Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago (National Center for Victims of Crime, 2011). However, gangs can be found throughout the United States - in rural communities, suburbs, as well as inner cities. Gang members cross all socio-economic backgrounds and boundaries regardless of age, gender, race, economic status, and academic achievement (National School Safety and Security Services, 2011).

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