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1 Madison Metropolitan School District Gang Prevention Program Deb Ptak, Principal, Sennett M.S. Luis Yudice, MMSD Safety/Security Coordinator

2 Training Objectives Provide an overview of MMSD’s efforts to reduce gang activity in schools. Provide an overview of MMSD’s efforts to reduce gang activity in schools. To share data on gang involved youth in our community. To share data on gang involved youth in our community. To discuss characteristics of gang involved youth and gang identifiers. To discuss characteristics of gang involved youth and gang identifiers. To discuss MMSD’s program. To discuss MMSD’s program. To provide resources/links. To provide resources/links.

3 Policy Statement MMSD is committed to ensuring the academic achievement of all students by providing an orderly, safe and secure learning environment. MMSD is committed to ensuring the academic achievement of all students by providing an orderly, safe and secure learning environment. MMSD will implement the following measures to prevent gang activity and to support students and families who may be gang involved. MMSD will implement the following measures to prevent gang activity and to support students and families who may be gang involved.

4 What’s a Gang? Three or more people who form an allegiance for a common purpose and engage in delinquent or criminal activity. Three or more people who form an allegiance for a common purpose and engage in delinquent or criminal activity. Generally use symbols and group identifiers. Generally use symbols and group identifiers. Gangs are White, Latino, African- American, Asian. Gangs are White, Latino, African- American, Asian.

5 Gangs in Dane County 2007 Enhanced Gang Task Force report 2007 Enhanced Gang Task Force report Diverse group of community members; corrections, schools, faith communities, UW Madison, United Way, business, law enforcement, Madison, Sun Prairie, Stoughton, Oregon. Diverse group of community members; corrections, schools, faith communities, UW Madison, United Way, business, law enforcement, Madison, Sun Prairie, Stoughton, Oregon.

6 Key Findings Gangs have been in Madison for decades. Gangs have been in Madison for decades. Gangs have a growing presence in our schools and have impacted the community’s perception of safety. Gangs have a growing presence in our schools and have impacted the community’s perception of safety. Police incidents, gang activity in the summer of 2007, State Street crimes, Oregon shooting in 2005, MMSD gang activity in Police incidents, gang activity in the summer of 2007, State Street crimes, Oregon shooting in 2005, MMSD gang activity in 2007.

7 Juvenile Crime and Referrals Increased crimes of aggression. Increased crimes of aggression. Group fights, weapons. Group fights, weapons. Youth self-identify to police and corrections as gang involved. Youth self-identify to police and corrections as gang involved. Increase in Latino gang involvement and family concerns. Increase in Latino gang involvement and family concerns. Graffiti and indicators of violence and conflict. Graffiti and indicators of violence and conflict.

8 Youth Violence Youth violence is considered a national public health problem according to the US Surgeon General, National Institute of Health, the Center for Disease Control, the American Academy of Family Physicians, USDHHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and others. Youth violence is considered a national public health problem according to the US Surgeon General, National Institute of Health, the Center for Disease Control, the American Academy of Family Physicians, USDHHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and others.

9 Gangs in Dane County Folks-GD’s, Money Before Bitches, Smash on Sight Guys, Deuces, Black T-Shirt Boys. Folks-GD’s, Money Before Bitches, Smash on Sight Guys, Deuces, Black T-Shirt Boys. People-Vice Lords, P-Stones, Yung Assassins,, Latin Kings, Money Over Bitches People-Vice Lords, P-Stones, Yung Assassins,, Latin Kings, Money Over Bitches Surenos-Southside Locos, Clantones, Goof Troop (girls). Surenos-Southside Locos, Clantones, Goof Troop (girls). Nortenos-Chicano Pride Association, MS, Ojos Rojos, Latin Saints. Nortenos-Chicano Pride Association, MS, Ojos Rojos, Latin Saints.

10 Gangs West Coast-Little Boy Crips, Outlaw Bloods, Cambodian Bloods, Khmer Pride. West Coast-Little Boy Crips, Outlaw Bloods, Cambodian Bloods, Khmer Pride. Girl Gangs-Block Burner, Smash on Sight Girls, Goon Squad. Girl Gangs-Block Burner, Smash on Sight Girls, Goon Squad. White Supremacists-National Socialist Movement and White Revolution White Supremacists-National Socialist Movement and White Revolution Motorcycle-Outlaws and Hell’s Angels Motorcycle-Outlaws and Hell’s Angels

11 Gang Involvement of Youth Sent to Corrections Among males has increased steadily: 28% in 2004 and 49% in Among males has increased steadily: 28% in 2004 and 49% in Female gang participation remained steady in Female gang participation remained steady in Female referrals have decreased, but crimes of aggression have increased in school and in the community. Female referrals have decreased, but crimes of aggression have increased in school and in the community.

12 United Way-Disconnected Youth Data There are approximately 72,000 school-aged children and youth living in Dane County. There are approximately 72,000 school-aged children and youth living in Dane County. Of these, there are at least 4,000 who are not part of a strong educational, cultural, and economic infrastructure in our community. Of these, there are at least 4,000 who are not part of a strong educational, cultural, and economic infrastructure in our community. At least 500 will not graduate with their peers. At least 500 will not graduate with their peers.

13 Why Join Gangs? Prestige or status among friends Prestige or status among friends Make money Make money Protection from other gangs Protection from other gangs Sense of identity Sense of identity Recruitment from family, friends and peers Recruitment from family, friends and peers

14 Risk Factors Prior-early involvement in delinquency, violence and AODA issues. Prior-early involvement in delinquency, violence and AODA issues. Poor family management and problematic parent-child relationship. Poor family management and problematic parent-child relationship. Low school attachment and achievement and negative labeling by teachers. Low school attachment and achievement and negative labeling by teachers. Association with aggressive peers and peers who engage in delinquency. Association with aggressive peers and peers who engage in delinquency.

15 Risk Factors Neighborhoods in which large numbers of youth are in trouble and in which drugs and firearms are readily available. Neighborhoods in which large numbers of youth are in trouble and in which drugs and firearms are readily available. The accumulation of risk factors greatly increase the likelihood of gang- involvement. The accumulation of risk factors greatly increase the likelihood of gang- involvement. Source:The National Youth Gang Center Source:The National Youth Gang Center

16 What Does This Mean? Participation in gang activities has a high probability of leading youth into criminal behavior and of being referred into the criminal justice system. Participation in gang activities has a high probability of leading youth into criminal behavior and of being referred into the criminal justice system. School to prison pipeline. School to prison pipeline. Schools can make a difference and need to be actively involved. Schools can make a difference and need to be actively involved. How can schools intervene? How can schools intervene?

17 Impact of Gang Membership Youth are more criminally active during periods of active gang membership-serious and violent crime. Youth are more criminally active during periods of active gang membership-serious and violent crime. Negative family and school contacts. Negative family and school contacts. Aggressive peers and delinquency. Aggressive peers and delinquency. Source: The National Youth Gang Center Source: The National Youth Gang Center

18 Gangs and Schools More likely to bring weapons to school More likely to bring weapons to school Bring violence into schools Bring violence into schools Bullying of students Bullying of students Believe they won’t graduate Believe they won’t graduate Higher truancy rates Higher truancy rates Few teacher role models Few teacher role models Alcohol and drug use, drug trafficking Alcohol and drug use, drug trafficking Recruitment, intimidation/extortion Recruitment, intimidation/extortion

19 MMSD Gang Response Acknowledge that gangs exist in our community and that gang involved youth attend our schools. Acknowledge that gangs exist in our community and that gang involved youth attend our schools. The district is committed to providing an orderly, safe and secure learning environment. The district is committed to providing an orderly, safe and secure learning environment. The district will support all students, regardless of gang affiliation. The district will support all students, regardless of gang affiliation.

20 Gang Response The district will clearly identify behaviors that are unacceptable and that will not be tolerated in school. The district will clearly identify behaviors that are unacceptable and that will not be tolerated in school. The district will provide early intervention and support for gang involved youth. The district will provide early intervention and support for gang involved youth. The district will work with the student’s family to re-direct the student into positive activities. The district will work with the student’s family to re-direct the student into positive activities.

21 Anti-gang Strategies The district will provide guidance and training to staff and will utilize a number of measures to prevent gang activity in schools. The district will provide guidance and training to staff and will utilize a number of measures to prevent gang activity in schools. Measures include sanctions for violation of the MMSD Student Code of Conduct. Measures include sanctions for violation of the MMSD Student Code of Conduct. Referral to law enforcement for criminal prosecution. Referral to law enforcement for criminal prosecution.

22 Best Practice: Intervention & Suppression-Schools Gang activity is about relationships, affiliations, power and control. Gang activity is about relationships, affiliations, power and control. Interventions must also be about relationships & affiliations without demeaning power and control. Interventions must also be about relationships & affiliations without demeaning power and control. Suppression efforts must be clear, direct and consistent. Suppression efforts must be clear, direct and consistent.

23 Best Practice: Universal Intervention Build strong student/staff relationships. Build strong student/staff relationships. Have opportunities for students to explore their power in positive ways. Have opportunities for students to explore their power in positive ways. Have opportunities to explore issues of race, economic status gender, bullying, harassment & AODA. Have opportunities to explore issues of race, economic status gender, bullying, harassment & AODA. Have explicitly stated student reporting policies and procedures. Have explicitly stated student reporting policies and procedures.

24 Best Practice: Intervention with gang involved students Engage in honest, direct and respectful discussions. Engage in honest, direct and respectful discussions. Establish the expectation that school is a gang free zone. Establish the expectation that school is a gang free zone. Reinforce the concept that they can “check it at the door” and become a student for a few hours. Reinforce the concept that they can “check it at the door” and become a student for a few hours.

25 Intervention When appropriate, inform/engage the family. When appropriate, inform/engage the family. Identify a staff member to act as a point person and confidant. Identify a staff member to act as a point person and confidant. Establish and maintain a trusting relationship. Establish and maintain a trusting relationship. Create links with community agencies and police. Create links with community agencies and police.

26 Best Practice: Suppression Efforts Graffiti and “Tagging”. Graffiti and “Tagging”. Symbols, hand shakes & gestures. Symbols, hand shakes & gestures. Clothing: colors, head gear, jewelry, haircuts. Clothing: colors, head gear, jewelry, haircuts. Body markings, tattoos, eyebrows. Body markings, tattoos, eyebrows. Internet use at school. Internet use at school. Cell phone use at school. Cell phone use at school.

27 Suppression Counsel, warn, inform of consequences, then implement the code of conduct. Counsel, warn, inform of consequences, then implement the code of conduct. Student searches, when appropriate. Student searches, when appropriate. Frequent student body reminders regarding anonymous reporting. Frequent student body reminders regarding anonymous reporting. Staff policy regarding immediate reporting of suspicious activity. Staff policy regarding immediate reporting of suspicious activity. Sharing of information among staff. Sharing of information among staff.

28 MMSD Code of Conduct 107-Dress Code, disrupts teaching or poses a risk to safety, health/ security 107-Dress Code, disrupts teaching or poses a risk to safety, health/ security 112-Causing a disruption 112-Causing a disruption 114-Participating in gang activities or anti-social group activities that disrupt school. 114-Participating in gang activities or anti-social group activities that disrupt school. 206-Verbal threats 206-Verbal threats 207-Harrassment 207-Harrassment 215-Extortion, intimidation/gang 215-Extortion, intimidation/gang

29 Code of Conduct 221-Taunting, inciting, encouraging a fight 221-Taunting, inciting, encouraging a fight 301-Volatile acts 301-Volatile acts 308-Coercion, extortion, gang involved 308-Coercion, extortion, gang involved 310-Serious threats to students or staff 310-Serious threats to students or staff 401-Possession of weapons 401-Possession of weapons 402- Possession of drugs 402- Possession of drugs

30 Gang Activity- School and Police Consequences The range of school consequences can range from counseling to expulsion. The range of school consequences can range from counseling to expulsion. In addition, students may be arrested for crimes ranging from misdemeanors such as disorderly conduct, to felonies. In addition, students may be arrested for crimes ranging from misdemeanors such as disorderly conduct, to felonies. Some students who have been referred to the criminal justice system return to our district under court supervision. Some students who have been referred to the criminal justice system return to our district under court supervision. Work with community agencies. Work with community agencies.

31 Local Gangs and Identifiers Gang graffiti-Important to differentiate from tagging. Gang graffiti-Important to differentiate from tagging. Gangs-Look for numbers, 5-6 pointed stars, pitchforks, crowns. Gangs-Look for numbers, 5-6 pointed stars, pitchforks, crowns. The Surenos-SSL, XIII,13, color blue, SUR 13, 13th letter of alphabet=M, Mexican Mafia The Surenos-SSL, XIII,13, color blue, SUR 13, 13th letter of alphabet=M, Mexican Mafia Nortenos-XIV, 14, color red, CPA Nortenos-XIV, 14, color red, CPA

32 Colors and Dress People Nation, Vice Lords-Black and gold or black and red. Teams- Pittsburgh Pirates/Steelers. People Nation, Vice Lords-Black and gold or black and red. Teams- Pittsburgh Pirates/Steelers. Folk Nation, Gangster Disciples- Black/gray, and silver/white. Teams- NY Yankees, Oakland Raiders, Georgetown Hoyas. Folk Nation, Gangster Disciples- Black/gray, and silver/white. Teams- NY Yankees, Oakland Raiders, Georgetown Hoyas. Surenos-Blue Surenos-Blue Nortenos-Red Nortenos-Red

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41 Hate Groups Youth are recruited through the internet. Youth are recruited through the internet. White power music broker Bryant Cecchini, AKA Byron Calvert announced the distribution of 30,000 CD’s titled: “White Power” and “Some Niggers Never Die”. White power music broker Bryant Cecchini, AKA Byron Calvert announced the distribution of 30,000 CD’s titled: “White Power” and “Some Niggers Never Die”. “Remember, we don’t just entertain racist kids, we create them” – Cecchini “Remember, we don’t just entertain racist kids, we create them” – Cecchini

42 Hate Groups Hate Groups: An organized group or organization that advocates hate, hostility, or violence towards members of a racial group, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or other designated sector of society. Hate Groups: An organized group or organization that advocates hate, hostility, or violence towards members of a racial group, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or other designated sector of society. Since 2000 extremist organizations have risen by 54%. Since 2000 extremist organizations have risen by 54%. Factors: Failing economy, immigration fears, election of President OBama. Factors: Failing economy, immigration fears, election of President OBama.

43 Hate Groups/Incidents Graffiti, vandalism against synagogues, private property and schools. Graffiti, vandalism against synagogues, private property and schools. Vandalism to Monona Grove, LaFollette, Sennett, Hamilton, East and Falk. Vandalism to Monona Grove, LaFollette, Sennett, Hamilton, East and Falk. Recruitment of middle school students by the Nationalist Socialist Movement over the internet. Recruitment of middle school students by the Nationalist Socialist Movement over the internet.

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48 Don’t Pre-Judge Be careful not to assume anything about a student based on appearances. Be careful not to assume anything about a student based on appearances. Youth fashion and appearance is a universal “urban” look. Youth fashion and appearance is a universal “urban” look. Hip hop culture is mainstream. Hip hop culture is mainstream. Analyze behavior and risk factors. Analyze behavior and risk factors. Be well informed and do your research. Be well informed and do your research.

49 Graffiti and Symbols Look for gang identifiers, names, put downs. Look for gang identifiers, names, put downs. Look for symbols, pitchforks, playboy bunny, top hat and cane, pyramids. Look for symbols, pitchforks, playboy bunny, top hat and cane, pyramids. Look for numbers, 13, 14, XIII, XIV Look for numbers, 13, 14, XIII, XIV Graffiti written upside down, backwards or crossed out shows disrespect. Graffiti written upside down, backwards or crossed out shows disrespect.

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52 What Can Teachers Do? Contact your school principal to share information and to coordinate appropriate responses or to involve outside resources. Contact your school principal to share information and to coordinate appropriate responses or to involve outside resources. Gather information, observe, ask respectful questions. Gather information, observe, ask respectful questions. Maintain a balanced approach. Maintain a balanced approach. Implement the “Sennett” model Implement the “Sennett” model

53 School Responses Who else is involved or at risk? Who else is involved or at risk? What’s the family situation? Supportive of the child and school or in denial or gang-involved. What’s the family situation? Supportive of the child and school or in denial or gang-involved. Is the student court-involved? Coordinate with case worker. Is the student court-involved? Coordinate with case worker. Create an individual education plan and provide appropriate support systems. Create an individual education plan and provide appropriate support systems.

54 School Engagement Remember, some kids join gangs to fit in and to be a part of a group. Remember, some kids join gangs to fit in and to be a part of a group. They may not be succeeding academically or may not feel comfortable at school. They may not be succeeding academically or may not feel comfortable at school. Strategy-Offer encouragement, strive to engage student in school activities, clubs, sports. Strategy-Offer encouragement, strive to engage student in school activities, clubs, sports. Critical-Develop positive adult-student relationships. Critical-Develop positive adult-student relationships.

55 What Can the Family Do? Be informed, conduct additional gang research, identify resources. Be informed, conduct additional gang research, identify resources. If concerned about your child’s behavior contact your school and ask for assistance, share information. If concerned about your child’s behavior contact your school and ask for assistance, share information. Know your children’s friends and interests. Know your children’s friends and interests. Spend time with your children, seek connections and conversation. Spend time with your children, seek connections and conversation.

56 Families Maintain balance as a parent while being respectful of your children’s lifestyle. Maintain balance as a parent while being respectful of your children’s lifestyle. Clearly state your attitude toward gangs. Clearly state your attitude toward gangs. Discuss values and model positive behavior. Discuss values and model positive behavior. Teach problem solving and negotiation skills. Teach problem solving and negotiation skills. Eat meals as a family as often as you can. Eat meals as a family as often as you can.

57 Family Support your schools-Make them your own. Attend events, show interest in your child’s school life. Support your schools-Make them your own. Attend events, show interest in your child’s school life. Ask for assistance and support and take advantage of valuable school and community resources. Ask for assistance and support and take advantage of valuable school and community resources.

58 Summary Gangs have existed in our community for some time and gang involved youth attend our schools. Gangs have existed in our community for some time and gang involved youth attend our schools. National statistics indicate that gangs are present in many communities in the U.S. and that gang activity is prevalent in cities with populations over 100,000. National statistics indicate that gangs are present in many communities in the U.S. and that gang activity is prevalent in cities with populations over 100,000. Most gang members are male, female involvement 5%-8%. Most gang members are male, female involvement 5%-8%.

59 Summary Many gang members are recruited in middle school. Nationally, 7% of boys and 4% of girls (adolescents) reported that they had belonged to a gang in the past 12 months (Gottfredson and Gottfredson, 2001). Many gang members are recruited in middle school. Nationally, 7% of boys and 4% of girls (adolescents) reported that they had belonged to a gang in the past 12 months (Gottfredson and Gottfredson, 2001). Race/Ethnicity-According to the National Youth Gang Survey, 49% are Latino, 34% African-American, 10% white, 6% Asian. Race/Ethnicity-According to the National Youth Gang Survey, 49% are Latino, 34% African-American, 10% white, 6% Asian. Appropriate interventions are needed. Appropriate interventions are needed.

60 Summary Middle School age students are the most susceptible to gang recruitment. Middle School age students are the most susceptible to gang recruitment. Interventions must occur in the home, at school and in the community. Interventions must occur in the home, at school and in the community. Keys to success: Education, collaboration among family, school, police and community resources. Keys to success: Education, collaboration among family, school, police and community resources.

61 Conclusion Gangs are not a police or a school problem. Gangs are a community problem. Gangs are not a police or a school problem. Gangs are a community problem. No single strategy is effective and over- reliance on law enforcement is counter- productive. No single strategy is effective and over- reliance on law enforcement is counter- productive. Communities need to adopt a comprehensive strategy that addresses the needs of families and of youth. Communities need to adopt a comprehensive strategy that addresses the needs of families and of youth.

62 Conclusion The family is the most influential factor in a child’s life. The family is the most influential factor in a child’s life. Despite apparent anger or display of hostility, children appreciate having rules and structure. Despite apparent anger or display of hostility, children appreciate having rules and structure.

63 Commitment to Save Kids “If we don’t stand up for our children, then we don’t stand for much”-Marian Wright Edelman, President and Founder of the Children’s Defense Fund. “If we don’t stand up for our children, then we don’t stand for much”-Marian Wright Edelman, President and Founder of the Children’s Defense Fund. “Children are worth fighting for” Principal Milton McPike “Children are worth fighting for” Principal Milton McPike

64 Resources The National Youth Gang Center- The National Youth Gang Center- The Southern Poverty Law Center- The Southern Poverty Law Center- The Federal Bureau of Investigation The Federal Bureau of Investigation The Madison Police Department- Detective George Chavez, Officer Lester Moore The Madison Police Department- Detective George Chavez, Officer Lester Moore

65 Resources The National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center- The National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center- Know Gangs-www.knowgangs.com Know Gangs-www.knowgangs.com

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