Gangs.

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Imagine you are a lonly child. You have no friends, no one that cares for you. You never see your parents, they never see you, whether or not they care is a different matter. You are always the one left out, always the one who is scared inside. Someone comes up to you and asks if you want to join their family of people facing the same thing. They offer love and kindness and offer you respect. These people are, at first impressions, kind. So you like them. But others are gangs as horrifying criminals who go around carrying knives and killing people. "Don't go near them!" they say. " they're involved with gangs. "

They spit out the word like a disgusting taste in their mouth.

Others are the poor people in gangs, who never asked to be with such scary people. They don't want to be there. Someone asked them to take a package to another flat, and gave you £20. You're part of the group now.

We all think of them differently. This web talks of facts and opinions, and tells us of many different perspectives on gangs, their role, and what they do.

https://www.nonprofitrisk.org/resources/articles/perspectives-on-gangs-and-gang-violence/

Here are some opinions!

(They are all fictional and not my real perspective)

The lonely child's view.

(Written in first person)

They accepted me, respected me. Treated me like a human, and gave me treats. They complimented me, have me easy work, distracted me from my grief, and became my role models. They were like a family to me, my gang were. They got me into trouble, but they knew me, interacted with me. That's more than I've ever had. They're not bad people. They take in children of The streets and give us company. I love my gang. My family. The group I go around with.

That doesn't make them sound too bad, does it. And although slightly one sided, quite a lot of that story is true. They are role models to people with none. They do take kids of the street and give them attention. But not always do kids are what their future holds...

The disapproving side.

Disgusting and shameful groups of people who embarrass us and themselves. They waste their lives and ruin ours. Gangs. Horrible terrible people. No one likes them, and we DON'T care. I have no pity and DO NOt forgive them. How many people's lives have they ruined by these trouble makers. I hate them! I hate all of them! If they weren't on This planet, would you hear of all these murders and terrible, terrible crimes. Why, wouldn't this would be one million times better without them.

This is a useful website on the problems gangs bring.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15238377https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15238377

In the middle.

I see gangs quite often. They aren't bad people. They just get mixed up in the wrong people and places. They are quite friendly really. They simile and wave, when we give them a chocolate been that thank us and eat it like there's no tomorrow. I've seen lots of lonely people welcomed into their group. But their not that great either. They carry knives and threaten. I ran way once because I saw their boss screaming and swiping a dagger around their alley. They fight over land and are often involved in crimes, or at least they seem to be around when their has been criminal activity going on. But I can't help liking them. They are humans like me after all.

Comments (7)

  • Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC 11 Feb 2019

    Well done for being open-minded here and showing different perspectives. I wonder if you can include more than one of these in your Final piece.

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg impartial_panda_bear
    Boutcher C of E Primary School 11 Feb 2019 in reply to Olivia @ the BNC's comment

    Thanks Olivia!!! Could I write a few poems from different perspectives that all come under one greater final piece? We are meant to be performing them, but would it make sense of I used these (based on real) fictional opinions. Thanks again!!!

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  • Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC 11 Feb 2019

    This would be a good idea, although remember to focus on quality rather than quantity. We also want to read about the solutions to knife crime, so keep that in mind when you write them!

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg impartial_panda_bear
    Boutcher C of E Primary School 11 Feb 2019 in reply to Olivia @ the BNC's comment

    Thanks again! I was focusing on the solution of more police on the streets, so I could have policemen and their opinions on gangs. I wonder, would they think of them as bad people? Maybe they were part of a gang once and know how it feels, although they may not be trusted with that sort of job. I also learnt that with more police on the streets, a lot of money would be saved in prison costs. Maybe that could go towards gangs AND more officers.

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  • Millbank-logo-250x250.jpg resourceful_eagle
    Millbank Academy 11 Feb 2019

    well done impartial panda_bear

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  • Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC 12 Feb 2019 in reply to impartial_panda_bear's comment

    What evidence do you have for more police leading to less prison costs?

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg impartial_panda_bear
    Boutcher C of E Primary School 12 Feb 2019 in reply to Tiff @ the BNC's comment

    This web tells us EVERYTHING!!!
    As the research was from Cambridge university, I thought it was fairly trustworthy. They seemed sure of their facts and I checked some more simple facts that seemed to be right. I also thought it was quite logical. If police caught more criminals as there would be more of them, then there would be less costs in prisons

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3641248/What-surprise-Putting-bobbies-beat-really-does-cut-help-cut-crime.html

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