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KIDS TALK:
Hollywood High School

Spring 1997

IS BEING IN a gang worth dying for? I think not! Life is too valuable to lose because of senseless violence. Gang violence has caused so much tragedy in the world.


Barrio

This is pointed out very well in a story that I read not long ago called "Barrio in the Heart." It is about several Chicano gang members from South Side Locos. The story tells about the tragic ends of several young men, and how they wound up going to jail or getting killed.


The News

Everyday in the newspaper or on the TV news, you hear about some gang member getting killed or wounded. Even innocent people and babies get killed in drive-by shootings. But there is something even worse than getting killed. The senseless fighting and shooting causes some to become handicapped or paralyzed for the rest of their lives.


Gang Members

I personaly have known some gang members. Some of them have dropped out of school or have gone to jail because of their criminal activity. All of the time spent in gang activity could be better spent in school or at work or with the family. So, ask yourself: "Is it really worth being in a gang?" Do you have any friends or relatives that have been affected by being in a gang? Their pain becomes your pain and we learn that being in a gang is not worth that pain.

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This article was provided by Women Alive. It is a part of the publication Women Alive Newsletter.
 

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