That Your Child

May Be Involved with a Gang


• Admits to "hanging out" with kids in gangs


• Shows an unusual interest in 1 or 2 particular colours of clothing or a particular logo


• Has an unusual interest in gangster-influenced music, videos, movies, or websites


• Uses unusual hand signals to communicate with friends


• Has specific drawings or gang symbols on school books, clothes, walls, or tattoos


• Comes home with unexplained physical injuries (fighting related bruises, injuries to hand or knuckles)


• Has unexplained cash or goods, such as clothing or jewelry


• Carries a weapon

• Has been in trouble with the police


Exhibits negative changes in behaviour such as:


• Withdrawing from family


• Declining school attendance, performance & behaviour


• Staying out late without reason


• Displaying an unusual desire for secrecy


• Exhibiting signs of drug use


• Breaking rules consistently


• Speaking in gangstyle slang