Gangs in Schools


Posts about real school tragedy, crime and/or events can be upsetting.

BLOG POST #73: This week I’m sharing my research on a criminal case involving gang activity at a high school.

Before school began, students gathered in the cafeteria. A fight between two boys broke out, one boy staggered from the cafeteria and collapsed in the hallway. Some students attempted to carry him to the front to await emergency responders. He died before help arrived.

It was reported that the fight began after two boys bumped shoulders in passing. It was also reported one of the boys was a member of a local gang. The boy reported to be a gang member used a pocket knife and stabbed the victim numerous times in his abdomen.

A fight occurred the previous day, the fight in the cafeteria may have been retribution, however, the victim was not involved in the previous day’s incident so it’s possible his death was a case of mistaken identity.

The high school was not equipped with metal detectors. A quick search of their website showed the school still does not have metal detectors, most schools. What I thought was amiss was no mention of how student safety is addressed.

Both boys, in this case, were 17-years-old at the time. One is deceased and one is in his second year of a 20-year prison sentence for manslaughter. The jury considered murder with a life sentence, but believed there was no premeditation in the crime. The prison inmate will be eligible for parole after 10-years.

At the sentencing, the Assistant District Attorney said, “Gang violence has gotten out of control… I don’t think the school understood how rampant this has been.”

Here’s another post involving gang activity you may have missed: Why Was A Middle School Student Fleeing The Country?

I admit knowing very little about gangs or gang activity. I attended a Citizen’s Academy program through my county’s sheriff department. Every class was interesting, especially the presentation on gangs. If you’re interested in knowing more about gang tattoos, check out the National Gang Center newsletter-2016-summer.

What are your thoughts about this case? Join the conversation on the website. We talk about the sensitive subject of crimes occurring at or connected to schools. Your relevant comments are always welcome on the Research Blog.

Do you know of a school crime you’d like to share? Email me so we can discuss the details.

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