What causes youths to join gangs? How can we solve this?

There are many concepts that cause young people to join criminal gangs. I have three.

I think our last topic on the Financial Crisis of 2008 is subtly linked to this. The transformation begins maybe even before the child who is affected is even born. People are able to use their credit card even after they are in massive debt. This is a factor because parents who are in debt do not have the money to send their children to schools that will give them a zest for learning what they love... They won't get the chance to see how good they are at the Arts, a particular sport, an extra-curricular activity. Schools that are not really invested in will not have the money to give all their students the extended education that they need. Pupils will feel repelled by the standard school system because it only caters for academia rather than creativity. They feel like if they want to be rich like their parents aren't they need to find a well-paying job. They look up to actors and actresses. They look at the successful people they see on their screens everyday. Because of low self-esteem and the fact that their parents have low aspirations for them, they may feel like thay are not good enough to become those celebrities or scholars that the school system wants them to be so their only other alternative is to join a gang

Solution:

  • Change the way credit cards are used
  • Create schools that cater for all levels of creativity and academia
  • Make programmes that show how celebrities who worked hard became successful so that they feel inspired
  • Encourage children to be proud of themselves
  • Teach children to have high aspirations and work with parents to have high aspirations for their children

My second is that these children feel insecure about the status of their wealth. Gangs offer them money that they need for their family, clothes that they see TV actors wear, phones and accesories that they see advertised on screens all over Britain for carrying drugs, smuggling arms and the suchlike. They are attracted by the expectation that they will receive these glamourous items and as a positive to them, they will receive a weapon to defend themself from other gangs who may try to intercept the deal.

Solution:

  • Show children that life is more than superficiality and encourage them to have a work ethic

My third is that they feel unsettled by news stories, drill music launched on social media by gangs and carry arms like knives to protect themselves from prospects such as gangs and people who might be threats to them. They join gangs to feel safe and to feel like they will be protected but what they are oblivious to is the fact that this endangers them endangers them. Because there are many frightening stories about the murders of children in London, they feel unsafe - and most people do. However, these kids are so traumatised by what they might have experienced or seen on TV that they decide to only leave the house when they are armed to defend themself. They don't realise that their own knife could be used to harm them - they would have been safer with nothing because that also means that if a police officer stops them they can't be seen as in possession of an offensive weapon.

Solution:

  • Make children aware of the dangers of carrying offensive weapons

In conclusion is that youngsters who are involved in violent crime are bored of having nothing to do, tired of living in poverty, looked down upon and majorly treated like puppets by gang leaders who feel it is right to coax them into their criminal habits. Society must educate children to the dangers of these factors because they are what some may have to face in everyday life. Children should be supported in schools and encouraged to be zealous in their learning. Above all, it is imperative that children are safe and are protected in their social lives.

Please comment what you think below :)

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

    Well done for looking into the root causes. Your first paragraph has a wealth of different but interlinked problems that may well up contributing to increasing levels of violent crime. A few questions:

    1. You imply that a state (free) education can't produce a love of the Arts in young people. Can you be open-minded here and give any examples of people who would oppose this; for example, famous artists, musicians or actors who went to state schools.

    2. Do you think there is a direct correlation between a lack of Arts education and people who then go on to commit violent crime? Is there any evidence to support this?

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  • Halsnead logo assured_power | Halsnead Primary School
    08 Jan 2020

    This is all a joke if you are young why would you want to be in jail for like 20 years to your hole life in jail

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  • Hammond School logo kind_seagull | Hammond Junior School C
    12 Feb 2020

    That is really good

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  • Braiswick Primary School spirited_insect | Braiswick Primary School
    04 Mar 2020

    I think your ideas are great because they could work in helping people who are close to joining a gang feel inspired, get a clear mind and rethink about their choices and decisions.

    I think this will help because that will make you (and them) think about it as it has things that they might have experienced. I am going to mention your third reason because it is quite common to be unsettled by the news as the news reporters don't just mention the good moments ㅡ they mention the unpleasant ones too. Nobody wants to feel unsafe or unprotected so I think this is a great suggestion about how they turn into a gang member as I would not want to be unprotected. This is also a good idea as to how they get armed with such weapons as they want to defend themselves, or other gang members. Warning children about being equipped with an offensive weapon is a great solution as then, if they as warned, they won't carry one nor will they be harmed by their own weapon. But my idea is to give them an idea on how to protect themselves so that they can defend themselves from the threat and call the police without owning a weapon as, yes if you need to defend yourselves you could have a weapon, but that is dangerous and can be used against you.

    Replying to your second reason I think this could be true as some people who are poor and rob for money and get paid

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  • Braiswick Primary School spirited_insect | Braiswick Primary School
    04 Mar 2020

    I think your ideas are great because they could work in helping people who are close to joining a gang feel inspired, get a clear mind and rethink about their choices and decisions.

    I think this will help because that will make you (and them) think about it as it has things that they might have experienced. I am going to mention your third reason because it is quite common to be unsettled by the news as the news reporters don't just mention the good moments ㅡ they mention the unpleasant ones too. Nobody wants to feel unsafe or unprotected so I think this is a great suggestion about how they turn into a gang member as I would not want to be unprotected. This is also a good idea as to how they get armed with such weapons as they want to defend themselves, or other gang members. Warning children about being equipped with an offensive weapon is a great solution as then, if they as warned, they won't carry one nor will they be harmed by their own weapon. But my idea is to give them an idea on how to protect themselves so that they can defend themselves from the threat and call the police without owning a weapon as, yes if you need to defend yourselves you could have a weapon, but that is dangerous and can be used against you.

    Replying to your second reason I think this could be true as some people who are poor and rob for money and get paid for it. They also might love their family and do it for them without knowing they are putting themselves in danger, harming the people around them and wrongdoing. I think a solution for this would be that we make the world kinder so that they have the heart to give towards the person and maybe they get a credit card so that they can get cash and pay back when they have a job or are in debt. I think this will work because when people don’t feel poor, they won’t think about asking for more of what they already have.

    And last but not worst, your first reason I think is just as good as your other reasons because it talks about how if they cannot learn, they cannot see how much progress they have made in studies because they might want to talk about it to their parents as, that is sharing your knowledge with your parent or legal guardian. I think the using credit card solution is going to help a lot because then adults can afford what their children require, and not only will that be helpful to their child, it will be helpful to them because they will (hopefully) not be in massive debt. I think this will help also unleash the child’s creativity and make them step away from the ‘gang route’ of life and step into the ‘ bright life’ because if they study what they enjoy, they will have a better future. I think this will work because then they can do what they desire and have what they need.

    My suggestion for why they become a gang member is because they have difficulties in life and that they beat themselves up for it or just think they are not successful and feel like life will be better. I think this because some people feel they are not accepted and join a gang that accommodates them and supports them and they carry an offensive weapon to defend themselves. I think the solution is to respect people for who they are and be kind because then, that will prevent people from feeling uncomfortable and joining a gang.

    spirited_insect

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      spirited_insect's comment 05 Mar 2020

      A well-reasoned comment, spirited_insect. Well done!

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg meticulous_octopus | Boutcher C of E Primary School B
    17 Mar 2020

    I think what makes youths want to join gangs are thing such as depression, anxiety and other metal health issues and I find it that adults in the uk don't really care about children’s feelings and I also don’t find it fair that 15-19 are being put in prison for 20 years or so. So I believe it is adults fault because the add on to the stress we already have. So some parents in the world cause there children to waste half of their lives.
    Thank u for reading this 💕

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  • global-conversation.png decisive_song | Good Shepherd Minor Secondary School | Kenya
    24 Apr 2020

    For me I should say is due to unemployment most of the youth are unemployed and the are human with wants thus leading them to join gangs as when they are many they can make a living
    Also most of us join gang as they are idle as lack resoonsibility and the want to be active thus EMPTY MIND IS THE DEVIL WORKSHOP therefore they plan evils like robbery and drugs therefore if we want to stop gangs the government should create many job opportunities and be serious with drug dealers

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  • global-conversation.png invigorated_chicken | Archdeacon Crowther Memorial Girl's School, Elelenwo | Nigeria
    13 May 2020

    Some children and adolescents are motivated to join a gang for a sense of connection or to define a new sense of who they are. Others are motivated by peer pressure, a need to protect themselves and their family, because a family member also is in a gang, or to make money.
    For protection from others; gangs, groups or peers
    To feel accepted or a sense of belonging
    For a sense of identity
    For respect
    Because siblings, family members or partners are gang members
    For excitement
    For status amongst peers and others
    Because they feel like it’s the ‘norm’
    For friends and acceptance
    For potential sexual/romantic partners
    For financial gain and other rewards
    Out of fear, intimidation or threats
    As a result of being groomed or recruited by gang leaders

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