You Should Be Aware: MS-13 Gangs and Our Kids

September 29, 2012  |  

Problem: Gangs in our schools. Their role behind those walls is one that we must face as parents, along with our children who are coming in contact with them on a daily basis. Do you remember the  Bloods and Crips based movie “Colors” from 1988, which shook up the black culture with their raw coverage of street life and turf wars in East Los Angeles, California? For many of us outside of LA, “Colors” felt like a West Coast problem – far from the truth.

You Should Be Aware Of: MS-13 Gangs

If you are the parent of a school aged child, You Should Be Aware that MS-13 is an active gang in almost every region of the U.S.  Born on the streets of Los Angeles, MS-13, and its rival 18th Street, both took root in Central America after many of their members were deported for crimes committed in the United States. ‘

From the video clip above:

This week journalist Christiane Amanpour discussed the threats posed by transnational gangs with Martin Licciardo, who heads the FBI’s National Gang Task Force, which maintains extensive ties with law enforcement counterparts in Central America.

If your child’s school has a large gang presence, you may want to take the time to sit down with administrators to determine the role and responsibility of their gang unit and/or school security team. You have a right to know what measures are being taken to keep your children safe in their learning environment.

Moms, are gangs a problem in your community?

Words By Sid Powell
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