How to intervene to prevent niece and other students from being in gang?

"I am a very concerned aunt of [an elementary school] student... My concern is the glamorization of being in a gang. She has mentioned that it's ok to be in a gang and that gangs aren't bad. Despite the fact that her brother-in -law is in prison for gang activity and her own brother was just recently picked up and is now in jail.

His influence on her about authority and the law play high on her attitude towards them. This attitude is transferred to her relationship with the elders in her family. I have witnessed and experienced this.  

A classmate, who is also the sister of her brother-in-law, walked home one day and was beaten by little girls claiming to be in a gang! What type of intervention programs does the school district have regarding gangs?  

She has had trouble in school with talking back to her teacher. I love my niece so very much, and I would hate to see her get further and further into the gang scene."

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In Topics: Bullying and teasing, Friendships and peer relationships, Discipline and behavior challenges
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Feb 1, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

First you are to be complimented for being active in trying to help resolve this issue.  Gangs are a very serious issue, and based on your description of your neice, she very well may be a 'candidate' that could be easily led into that scenario.

You should go directly to the school's guidance counselor and tell that person your concerns.  Ideally the child's parent(s) should go as well, but if they won't a meeting with a school counselor is a good first step.

This is a situation that needs a professional to be aware and to provide suggestions and help.  Good luck!

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dgraab , Parent writes:
Hi, I'm sorry to hear about the situation with your niece. She is lucky to have such a caring aunt.  

Here are some informational resources you may find helpful...

>An article, "Helping Your Kids Steer Clear of Gangs," by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services:

>A "Bullying" special edition, with strategies for families and teachers/schools:

You asked a good question about the district's gang intervention programs. If you don't have the phone number for the school district handy, you can research it in SchoolFinder:

Talk to your niece's parents or guardian too. Let them know how concerned you are about your niece's safety and well-being. Help them find parenting resources to deal with the behavior and discipline issues. Here is a discipline info center that may also be helpful:

Consider trying to get your niece involved in youth clubs or group sports, as a way to build positive, healthy friendships not found in criminal gangs. Contact the Girl Scouts, YMCA, the city's parks and recreation department, Boys & Girls Club of America, or your church to find programs for elementary school children.

I hope you are successful in preventing your niece from joining or being harmed by a gang. Good luck!
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