Why Teenagers Join Gangs In The Outsiders

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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 things 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 need to pinpoint why teenagers join gangs and stop them beforehand. In addition, people also need to help others get out of gangs if they are already in one. There is 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…show more content…
Teenagers can leave gangs when they are inspired to do so, and given the opportunity to do so. In an article on 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 a bad choice, got out, and changed their lives around. They are not the only one to do so, and they serve as an example that shows, teenagers can get out and change their lives for the better.
There is 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 get out of a gang, these gang members need to be shown show there’s more out there in the world that they could do that will make a positive

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