The Pros And Cons Of Teenagers In Gangs

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In the United States, every year there are around 2,000 gang-related homicides and in the realistic fiction novel, The Outsiders, by S. E. Hinton, it explores the issues of gang violence, and teenagers in gangs. Around 40% of all members in gangs are teenagers who are getting involved in some dangerous experiences early in life. In the novel, The Outsiders, the “Greasers”, which is a gang of all teenagers, fight other gangs and commit serious crimes such as assault. With help, society can pinpoint why teenagers join gangs and stop them beforehand. In addition, people also need to help others leave gangs if they are already in one. There are a number of reasons that range from simple to complex on why teenagers join gangs, and one solution is finding an answer to their…show more content…
However, they are incorrect because teenagers can make the right choices when given the opportunity to do so. In an article in The Guardian, they talked to teenagers who were previously in gangs. One teen recounted their experience saying, ‘My mum pleaded with me and said that if I didn 't stop I 'd be in and out of jail for the rest of my life. I left school last year when I was 16 and went to college. I finish my apprenticeship next year and I 'll be able to work.” This teenager figured out being in a gang is the wrong choice, left the gang, and changed their life around. They are not the only one to do so, and they serve as an example that shows, teenagers can make the right decision and change their lives for the better.
There are a number of reasons that range from simple to complex on why teenagers join gangs, and one solution is finding an answer to their specific problem before the person chooses to join. Furthermore, to help someone leave a gang, the person need to be shown there’s more out there in the world that they could do that will make a positive

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